Winter Storm Impacts Eastern US Tuesday-Friday


As most of you already know, a significant winter storm will be making its way from the Southeastern US to New England over the next 48 to 52 hours. Freezing rain is expected in the Atlanta Metroplex within the next few hours and snow, freezing rain, or mixed winter precipitation are expected in Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, Baltimore/Washington, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston between now and Friday morning.  At present, the most significant impacts appear to be on Wednesday night through Thursday in the mid-Atlantic region.

Many airlines are already pre-canceling flights in advance of the storm, a trend that we've seen for the past 18 months, so we do not expect significant diversion activity associated with the storm. However, we do expect widespread passenger disruptions and a potentially protracted recovery period as the airlines seek to reaccommodate passengers from canceled flights.

What ACI-NA is Doing

ACI-NA is closely monitoring the storm and airline and FAA reactions to it. We have already been in contact with air traffic specialists from IATA and A4A regarding the storm's impacts and will continue to do so as the storm progresses. We will provide updates regarding the storm as appropriate over the next few days. We also know that those of you in the storm's path are also closely monitoring its progress and preparing for its effects and recovery operations afterwards.

If you have information that you want to report or disseminate to the broader airport community regarding the storm, please send it to We also encourage airport operators to track operational status of the national airspace system either via your local FAA air traffic representatives or via Passur's Airport Information Network.

Points of Contact

Please contact Chris Oswald  or Paul Eubanks if you have questions, comments, or need additional information regarding this topic.

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