As we’re all well aware by now, a historic blizzard is expected to drop around two feet of snow starting tomorrow in the Boston area and greater New England. As a public Google alert just notified us all, the blizzard alert has now been upgraded to a blizzard warning, meaning Winter Storm Nemo flight cancellations are an imminent and real inevitability. If you’re planning to fly through the snow, you might want to consider a different plan.
The Nemo Blizzard Warning is in effect from 6 a.m. Friday, February 8, until 1 p.m. Saturday, February 9. Logan Airport remains open, but flights are being canceled per the discretion of individual airlines.
Predictably, planes planning to fly through New England are being grounded in droves already. According to FlightAware.com, which provides real-time airline cancellation information, there are already 1,321 total nationwide flight cancellations for tomorrow, 1.270 of which are within, into or out of the United States. For specific flight cancellation information, you should contact your airline directly.
As of 3:30 p.m. EST, more than 150 flights have been canceled at both Boston Logan International Airport and LaGuardia Airport in New York.
According to The Weather Channel, most major airlines are making exceptions for those customers who need to change plans to avoid the wintry mix.
Delta Airlines, for example, “is offering customers whose flight plans may be affected by winter weather expected Friday across the U.S. Northeast, Ottawa and Montreal the ability to make one-time changes to their travel schedules without fees.”
American Airlines, similarly, is waiving their ticket reissue charge, as is Jet Blue, US Airways and Southwest Airlines.
For a live Flight Tracker of all airline traffic coming in and out of Boston’s Logan Airport as well as arrival times, departure times, and updated delays and cancellations, FlightAware has all the information here.
Best of luck if you’re hoping to catch a flight any time in the next couple days. It’s in your best interest to try and reschedule your flight now or check in with your airline periodically to ensure you haven’t been grounded.
Mayor Tom Menino is urging people to stay home tomorrow if possible and schools in and around Boston have already been canceled. Flights, likely, are next to fall victim to Winter Storm Nemo’s impending wrath.