UPDATE 3/9/2019 1:00 p.m. EST
Winter Storm Taylor isn’t affecting too many flights today. According to FlightAware, the storm is hovering over two major airports: Minneapolis/St. Paul International and Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Minneapolis canceled 20 flight departures so far, while Chicago canceled eight, however, there are 102 delays at Chicago International and 33 at Minneapolis/St. Paul.
While those numbers may seem significant, Dallas airports are dealing with far more delays than either of the midwest airports with 197 delays at DFW airport and 47 at Dallas Love Field due to high winds.
Travelers preparing to hit the road or take to the skies this weekend have been put on notice as Winter Storm Taylor is forecasted to bring snow, ice and wind to the Plains, Midwest and Northeast throughout the weekend.
According to Weather.com, snow is expected in the northern Plains Friday night, as a mix of rain, snow, sleet and freezing rain will also develop in Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.
#WinterStormTaylor will bring more #snow, ice and gusty winds to the West, Plains, upper Midwest and Northeast into this weekend: https://t.co/AQld5SOOKSpic.twitter.com/nM9MQSVf9i
On Saturday, Winter Storm Taylor will bring snow, sleet and ice to the Northeast Saturday night, while the Mid-Atlantic states will encounter rain and wind. Farther south, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are possible.
The weather system will move into the Great Lakes and southeastern Canada Sunday and snow will continue falling in the Midwest and Northeast, particularity early in the day.
We’re trying to shake off winter, but here comes Winter Storm Taylor! @taylorswift13#shakeitoffpic.twitter.com/c8qDExTkNf
For travelers, airlines have started issuing travel advisories and will be waiving change fees for passengers ahead of the storm. American Airlines is waiving change fees at 16 airports in the Midwest for travelers scheduled to fly March 9 and 10.
Delta Air Lines has started waiving change fees for 26 Midwest airports between March 9 and 10, and United Airlines issued an advisory for 14 airports through March 10. Southwest is waiving change fees for major airports in Milwaukee and Minneapolis/St. Paul.
As always, travelers are being asked to call their airline before heading to the airport to ensure their flights in the coming days are not canceled or delayed.
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