Blizzard Nemo to Wallop the Northeast in Deep Snow

Winter Storm Nemo to Dump Heavy Snow in Northwest

Winter Storm Nemo to Dump Heavy Snow and Disrupt Travel in Northeast

One to Two Feet of Snow to fall across Northeast United States

UPDATE-1: February 8, 2013 (Louisville, KY): Travel will come to a halt across parts of the northeast United States as two low pressure systems merge to form a Nor’Easter. Dubbed Winter Storm Nemo, the storm will dump one to two feet — perhaps more — across portions of the northeast.

If you’re planning to fly to or from the east coast, be prepared for Winter Storm Nemo. This epic storm may be great news for area ski resorts, but if you live in the northeast, be sure to have your shovel and snow-blower ready.

Winter Storm Warnings and Blizzard Warnings are in effect. Blizzard Warnings are in place from New York City up the eastern seaboard to include the Greater Boston area. All flights at Boston-Logan will be cancelled early on Friday, February 8, 2013, as the snow begins to fall. Boston-Logan has said they will not close, but no flights will be operating. The current forecast indicates 34 + inches of snow for Boston. The heaviest snowfall is expected between 2:00pm and 5:00pm on February 8th in the Boston area and will continue throughout the night.

Some meteorologists are predicting the Blizzard in Boston will be worse than the epic 1978 storm.

At New York LaGuardia, Kennedy, Newark, and Stewart, the four airports under control of the New York-New Jersey Port Authority, preparations involve getting over 200 pieces of snow and ice removal equipment ready, including plows that can remove snow at 40 MPH. The four airports have over 300,000 gallons on liquid anti-icers chemicals ready for the big snow – the chemicals prevent snow and ice from bonding with the runways and taxiways.

As of 7:30am, February 8, New York City is under a blizzard warning and snow is just beginning to fall. Snowfall rates of 6 to 12 inches are expected in New York City, but wind will decrease visibility. Air traffic at the NYC area airports is light as few flights are operating. The snow will start from south to north. By 9:00 to 10:00am this morning, February 8, snow will begin falling in the Boston area. Winds are expected to blow in excess of 70 mph within areas covered by the Blizzard Warning.

Train services from New York City to the North have been cancelled after 1pm.

Nearly 4,000 flights have been cancelled across the region.

Travel will come to a standstill in most places. Travel is not advisable by automobile in areas under the Blizzard Warning once the storm starts.

Most airlines have winter weather waivers in place.

American Airlines Nemo Winter Weather Waiver

If you’re ticketed on American Airlines for February 8th or 9th and flying to, from, or through the list of affected airports below, American will allow you to change and waive the change fee, provided you travel between February 7-12.

The affected airports are: Boston (BOS), Buffalo (BUF), Hartford-Bradley (BDL), New York-Kennedy (JFK), New York-LaGuardia (LGA), Newark (EWR), Rochester (ROC), Syracuse (SYR), and White Plains (HPN).

To make changes, contact American Airlines at 1-800-433-7300 in the US or Canada. For numbers outside the US or Canada, refer to American Airlines website.

Delta Airlines Nemo Winter Storm Waiver

If you’re ticketed to fly to, from, or through the northeast United States (cities listed below), Delta has issued a waiver allowing you to immediately rebook travel before or after your original travel dates provided the new flights are ticketed and re-scheduled with travel starting by February 12, 2013.

Cities included in the waiver: Albany (ALB), Allentown (ABE), Bangor (BGR), Binghamton, NY (BGM), Boston (BOS), Buffalo (BUF), Burlington (BVT), Elmira, NY (ELM), Hartford-Bradley (BDL), Ithica (ITH), Manchester (MHT), Montreal (YUL), New York-Kennedy (JFK), New York-LaGuardia (LGA), Newark (EWR), Ottawa, Ontario (YOW), Philadelphia (PHL), Portland, ME (PWM), Rochester, NY (ROC), Scranton-Wilkes Barre, PA (AVP), Syracuse (SYR), and White Plains, NY (HPN).

JetBlue issues Winter Waiver Waiver

JetBlue will waive change/chance fees as well as fare differences for travelers scheduled to fly February 8 and February 9 if they are traveling to or from an affected airport.

The affected airports for JetBlue include Boston (BOS), Buffalo (BUF), Hartford-Bradley (BDL), Newburgh-Stewart (SWF), Newark (EWR), New York-Kennedy (JFK), New York-LaGuardia (LGA), White Plains-Westchester County (HPN), Portland, ME (PWM), Providence (PVD), Rochester, NY (ROC), and Syracuse (SYR).

JetBlue customers can rebook flights through Tuesday, February 12, 2013, by calling 1-800-538-2583. Customers with cancelled flights may also opt for a refund to the original payment form.

United Airlines Nemo Waiver

If you’re scheduled to travel to, from, or thought an affected city (see below) and will be flying on February 8 or February 9, United is waiving the change fee and fare differences providing rescheduled travel commences by February 13, 2013.

For other changes, the change fee may be waived, but a difference in fare may apply.

Affected cities include: Albany (ALB), Allentown-Lehigh Valley (ABE), Altoona, PA (AOO), Binghamton, NY (BGM), Boston (BOS), Bradford, PA (BFD), Burlington (BVT), Du Bois, PA (DUJ), Erie, PA (ERI), Halifax (YHZ), Hartford-Bradley (BDL), Harrisburg, PA (MDT), Jamestown, NY (JHW), Johnstown, PA (JST), Manchester (MHT), Montreal (YUL), New York-Kennedy (JFK), New York-LaGuardia (LGA), Newark (EWR), Ottawa (YOW), Philadelphia (PHL), Pittsburgh (PIT), Portland, ME (PWM), Providence, RI (PVD), Quebec City, QC Canada (YQB), Rochester, NY (ROC), State College, PA (SCE), Syracuse (SYR), Toronto (YYZ), White Plains (HPN), and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AVP).

It is likely flights will be cancelled across the northeast as the storm gets going. If your flight is cancelled, United has an obligation to protect you on their next available flight which is suitable to you.

US Airways Waiver

If you’re flying US Airways, they’ve relaxed their change policies as well including a waiving of the change fee. If you’re traveling through affected cities on the 8th or 9th, you may re-schedule travel for the 7th, 10th, 11th, or 12th.

The cities affected include Halifax (YHZ), Montreal (YUL), Ottawa (YOW), Hartford-Springfield-Bradley (BLD), New Haven, CT (HVN), Bangor (BGR), Portland, ME (PWM), Boston (BOS), Manchester (MHT), Newark (EWR), Albany (ALB), Binghamton, NY (BGM), Buffalo (BUF), Elmira, NY (ELM), Ithica (ITH), New York-Kennedy (JFK), New York-LaGuardia (LGA), Newburgh-Stewart, NY (SWF), Rochester, NY (ROC), Syracuse (SYR), White Plains (HPN), Scranton-Wilkes Barre (AVP), Providence (PVD), and Burlington (BVT).

Aircraft Deicing Prior to Takeoff

An aircraft is de-iced prior to take-off

All other airlines

Other airlines also have waivers in place, including Hawaiian Airlines with their New York-Kennedy (JFK) to Honolulu (HNL) service. Please check the website of your airline website for specific updates.

Travel will be difficult across much of the northeast once this monster storm gets going. The National Guard is on standby across portions of the northeast.

If your flight is cancelled, your airline will re-book you on the next available flight. In cases, this may take a several days depending on the scope of the storm and your destination. If you’re trying to reach a popular destination with already full flights, it could easily take 5 days or more in some cases.

If your flight is cancelled and you wish to cancel your trip, you are entitled to a refund of flights not taken, should you decide to make this choice.

Updates will be posted over the next 72 hour period.

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