‘Breaking News’: Thanksgiving Storms, Bomb Cyclones, & Waivers

Thanksgiving Travel Delays

Here we go again with another ‘bomb cyclone’ affecting travel during THE busiest travel week of the year!  Here is some info to help you weather these storms.
New Update:  According to the Washington Post, there’s now a 3rd storm that may affect the eastern half of the U.S. by the weekend.
The latest per Weather.com is that the South may see wind, rain, and hail.  Stay up to date.

In a nutshell: This FlightAware map, aptly named MiseryMap, shows delays at Major Airports so it’s a good place to start.  This FAA map shows the status of various airports, delays, cancels, and closures.  These are great resources for now and anytime you travel.

Airports across the entire U.S. are involved.  Winter Storm Dorothy is gong from the Central Rockies to the Plains and Upper Midwest and will also affect travel to the east and southeast. 

What you can do to be proactive:

  1. Check directly with your airline as several airlines are offering waivers to change flights.  It’s best to check the status often.
    American Airlines also has an updated list of affected airports.
    Delta has a list of current advisories.
    Southwest Airlines and travel advisory for Denver & Minneapolis.
    United Airlines and travel waiver for Denver.
  2. FlightAware is your friend – track your flight with their Flight Tracker.
  3. Even if you’re in say sunny Phoenix (on the list below), your plane may not arrive due to these storms in the originating city. Check the status frequently.

Affected Airports:*
*Note that Denver is showing the biggest impact and the other airports have delays, but most flights are showing on-time .. as of this update.

  • Seattle, WA (SEA)
  • San Francisco, CA (SFO)
  • Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
  • Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)
  • Phoenix, AZ (PHX) – for connections, not weather
  • Denver, CO (DEN) – biggest impact so far
  • Minneapolis, MN (MSP)
  • Duluth, MN (DLH)
  • Rochester, MN (RST)
  • Grand Island, NE (GRI)
  • Sioux City, IA (SUX)
  • Sioux Falls, SD (FSD)
  • Dallas, TX (DFW)
  • Houston, TX (IAH/HOU)
  • La Crosse, WI (LSE)
  • Wausau, WI (CWA)
  • Chicago, IL (ORD/MDW)
  • Detroit, MI (DTW)
  • Marquette, MI (MQT)
  • Atlanta, GA (ATL)
  • Charlotte, NC (CLT)
  • Miami, FL (MIA)
  • Washington, DC (DCA/IAD/BWI)
  • New York, NY (LGA/JFK/EWR)
  • Boston, MA (BOS)
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming (CYS)
  • Omaha, Nebraska (OMA)

Storm Dorothy may be blowing through the U.S., but it’s Winter Storm Ezekiel heading to Oregon and Northern California later today that’s been named the bomb cyclone. Bomb cyclone aka bombogenesis refers to a rapidly intensifying area of low pressure according to Weather.com and can occur any time, but they’re most common between October and March.

Update: According to Weather.com, rain and snow could cause travel problems from California into the Rockies and Plains on Thanksgiving Day.  Heavy winds could also cause delays at airports in the Northeast.

Wind, rain, and snow will affect millions of travelers through the holiday and weekend. Stay safe whether you’re driving or flying over the next few days.

Looking for more about air travel?  Use the Search Box at the top.

Also, check out FlightAware.com to see where your plane is…and if it will be landing on time to pick you up.  (Look under ‘Flight Details’ on the right-hand side of your screen and click on ‘Track Inbound Plane’

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Donna Adinolfi is a wellness travel expert, a freelance writer, an award-winning photographer, and the founder/publisher of MindfulAdventures.com. Her 30+ year career includes serving as the Travel & Spa Editor of Balance Magazine as well as planning wellness travel & retreats. An avid fan of the freedom from carrying cash or credit cards, Donna loves to visit all-inclusive wellness resorts in the U.S, and traveling to some of Mexico's and the Caribbean's many all-inclusive resorts several times each year. She's also a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association.
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