Delta Meteorologists Forecast Mild Weather Leading up to Holidays

Dec 20, 2016

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It’s been a rough few weeks for air travel, with two back-to-back winter storms canceling a combined 7,500 flights. This past weekend’s storm (nicknamed “Decima”) led to more than 5,500 cancellations alone. So, what’s to come for this busy week of holiday travel? According to Delta meteorologists, this week is shaping up to be a “relatively quiet week weather-wise.”

Delta meteorologist Stephanie Klipfel gives the full forecast:

We’re on the backside of this latest winter storm and looking forward to a period of relatively good weather ahead of the holiday. We’ll see chances of snow at our upper Midwest airports around mid-week and an additional chance in the Northeast by Thursday, but otherwise high pressure will dominate much of the U.S. bringing favorable weather.

However, the weather is expected to deteriorate from there, with another winter storm forming in the Northwest on Saturday (beginning of Hanukkah) and plowing through the middle of the country by Sunday (Christmas Day).

If you do face a delay or cancellation, it’s wise to know what does and doesn’t get you compensation from the airline. While airlines aren’t responsible for meals and lodging to delays/cancellations due to weather, credit card delay insurance policies will cover you for many situations out of your control. Last time we checked, there are 12 credit cards that offer this trip delay benefit, with the Citi Prestige Card and the Chase Sapphire Reserve providing the best options.

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Whether your travel this holiday season is by air, car, train or any other method, we wish you a safe journey!

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