The northeast region of the United States has been experiencing some heavy snow and bitterly cold winter conditions recently and the forecast is for the weather to deteriorate in the coming days and affect much of the East Coast. Winter Storm Grayson is expected to undergo bombogenesis (essentially become a 'weather bomb'), bringing more snow and heavy winds in the coming days.
Parts of southeast USA, including Georgia, North Carolina and Florida, have also been declared a state of emergency as the icy conditions of freezing rain, sleet and snow have made roads extremely dangerous, leading to highway closures and other measures. Public transport may also be affected, so travellers and residents are advised to follow the instructions of local authorities before venturing onto roads.
The extreme winter weather event has affected some flights within the USA and customers are advised to check directly with their airline to see if their flight will be affected.
- Delta Air Lines (DL) has advised that travel to, from and through cities in the northeast, Mid-Atlantic region and southeast states may be affected.
- Virgin America (VX) has advised that Virgin America- and Alaska Airlines-operated flights into and out of Boston, Newark, New York - Kennedy (JFK), New York - LaGuardia (LGA) and Philadelphia are cancelled up to January 4, 2018.
- Jetblue (B6) has a Winter Weather fee waiver in place for select cities in the southeast (Charleston and Savannah) and northeast states (22 airports) due to forecasted weather conditions through to January 4, 2018.
- American Airlines (AA) is also waiving change fees for any flights affected by Winter Storm Grayson at 35 airports across North America through to January 4, 2018.