While many people are still enjoying the warm summer weather, Fall travel deals on airlines like Southwest and JetBlue should have people thinking about ski resorts and snowboarding for winter in 2010. For those thinking about holiday travel, taking a sneak peak at the winter forecast can help you pick the right flights, get an idea of what the weather will be like, and help you avoid flight delays and unnecessary frustrations for your Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s plans.
AccuWeather.com has just released their forecast for Winter 2010-2011. The Pacific Northwest, western and central Canada, the northern plains, and Midwest are expected to be hit hard this year with above average snowfall and colder temperatures. Cities like Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Green Bay, Minneapolis, Detroit, and others may be in for a long, cold winter.
Cities in the East and Northeast like Washington DC, Boston, and New York City will not receive the heavy snowfall that they had last year. No snowmageddon this year. For these areas, average snowfall is expected.
For the Southeast, Southwest, and southern plains, warmer and drier conditions are expected. For northern California, more precipitation is expected. This could mean some great snow in areas like Lake Tahoe.
The impact of winter weather on holiday travel
In areas expected to be hit by heavy snow, travel delays, bumped passengers, and cancellations may be a big part of air travel this winter. When planning your flights for holiday travel, the weather could have a huge impact on Thanksgiving and Christmas as some of the forecasts call for heavy snow in latest Fall and the early months of winter.
While weather certainly has an effect on travel, airlines aren’t exactly helping out right now as many passengers are frustrated with flying. Higher airfares, coupled with baggage and peak travel day fees, add costs to the trip. So while it may seem early to be talking about winter weather and holiday travel, now is the time to plan.
Recent studies in June show that cheap airfare is much harder to come by as international and domestic airfares are up almost 10 percent over this time last year. Knowing what deals are out there and when to buy can help you plan for ski vacations, holiday travel, winter weekend getaways, or local destinations like Fall getaways in northern California.
Use the weather forecast and travel tips to plan
Whether you are flying, driving, skiing, snowboarding, or staying home, there are a number of travel tips for holiday travel, traveling with kids, and winter vacations. Winter 2010 may not be a snowmageddon where you live but it’s good to plan ahead to save yourself money and frustration.
The value of travel can be measured in both time and money. So plan around those weather delays and help ease the frustrations of travel this winter.
Despite the weather still being warm, cold weather and snow is in the forecast for winter. With the weather effect on travel, it’s not too early to start dreaming about a ski resort, planning your Thanksgiving and Christmas vacation, and finding cheap airfares for this winter.
Looking to find cheap flights for the holidays? Check out When to find travel deals for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s holidays.
For travel tips on Fall and Winter travel, check out:
5 things that annoy passengers about airlines
11 tips on how to save money for your next vacation
Peak travel day airline fees for Fall and holiday travel 2010
Discount airfare for Fall travel – deal or no deal(s)?
Airline Passengers Bill of Rights: what travelers need to know
How to avoid getting bumped when your airline overbooks
Travel tips for packing light and avoiding baggage fees
Finding the best airline seat for your flight
Holiday survival tip – Traveling with kids
Essential holiday travel tips
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