Northeast USA Battered By Storms - What You Need To Know

17 February 2015

Update Thursday 19 February - While the worst of Winter Storm Octavia seems to be over, chilling weather, two more storm fronts and up to 3 more inches of snow are expected this coming weekend throughout the Northeast. The cold snap is now pushing further south today into Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Charleston, West Virginia, Baltimore and Washington DC, with all cities on winter storm watch.

Cities on weather warning watch:
Friday 20 Feb - Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville
Saturday 21 Feb - St. Louis, Cleveland, Baltimore
Sunday 22 Feb - Denver, Boston, New York City

Customers in the affected regions should carefully monitor news reports and follow the direction of local authorities. Trains, buses and other modes of transport will likely be affected in these centres also.

Please contact your travel consultant for further information on 133 133 within Australia or from outside of Australia on our 24hr Global Emergency Assist line on +61 7 3170 7840


 

Heavy snow storms and icy weather conditions continue to batter parts of Northeast U.S.A. Several areas are experiencing record snow falls throughout February with over a metre of snow burying parts of cities.

Major hubs of New York and Boston are bracing for worsening weather this week. The blizzard conditions coupled with ice and high winds are having a serious impact on all forms of transportation.

 A woman shovels snow on Joy Street during a winter blizzard in Boston, Massachusetts February 15, 2015. CREDIT: REUTERS/BRIAN SNYDER

February has now been recorded as the snowiest month in Boston's history.

Cities most affected currently include:

  • Albany, NY (ALB)
  • Baltimore, MD (BWI)
  • Bangor, ME (BGR)
  • Boston, MA (BOS)
  • Buffalo, NY (BUF)
  • Hartford, CT (BDL)
  • Manchester, NH (MHT)
  • NYC, NY (LGA, JFK & EWR)
  • Portland, ME (PWM)
  • Providence, RI (PVD)
  • Rochester, NY (SYR)
  • Syracuse, NY (SYR)
  • Washington DC (DCA and IAD)
  • White Plains, NY (HPN)

Other US airline ports (US domestic and international) will be impacted with aircraft stuck in the region of the storm having a flow-on effect to other routes.

Customers in the affected regions should carefully monitor news reports and follow the direction of local authorities. Trains, buses and other modes of transport will likely be affected in these centres also.

Major US airlines have issued the following ticket and fee waivers for affected travellers.

United Airlines (UA)
Customers affected by the disruptions up to 18 February (17 February for NYC and Washington metro) may reschedule or refund their travel free of charge. For all other dates, travel may be rescheduled however a difference in fare may apply.

American Airlines (AA)
American is also allowing customers due to travel in the next couple of days the opportunity to change or refund their fares.

Delta (DL)
Delta are allowing certain changes. Please check with your consultant for more information.

Qantas (QF)
Qantas has not advised an updated policy at this stage. Please check with your consultant for more information.

Air Canada (AC)
Air Canada are allowing certain changes. Please check with your consultant for more information.

For all other carriers that fly to or from the Northeast region, please check with your consultant for more information

For further information contact your travel consultant or call us on 133 133.

Jason Dutton-Smith

I’m a passionate traveller and a first class nomad wannabe. I have a love for the written word and enjoy sharing stories that inspire travel. I like ordinary but love extraordinary. I’ll dance and sing karaoke to anything 80’s, will drink hot tea even if 40 degrees, love food and have a wicked sweet tooth. Architecture excites me, the window seat thrills me and anything aviation enamours me. I’m a perpetual dreamer who lives by Saint Augustine’s wise words – “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”. My intention is to read War and Peace!