Winter Storm Elsa is already impacting travel out of airports across the mid-Atlantic and northeast.
The snow isn’t expected until Wednesday morning, but local flights are already in jeopardy.
As of Tuesday, all the short and long-term parking lots at the airport were full and it’s expected to get busier Wednesday and Thursday.
“The winds caused a lot of cancellations,” said Melissa Albright, of Wethersfield Travel.
Travel agents scrambled just four days ago to re-book travel plans for a group of 40.
“It was one of those days that driving up to the airport with a list of people affected was faster than waiting on hold with the airlines, so we ran up there and got everybody fixed,” Albright said.
Now she’s back in a similar position as New England prepares for yet another nor’easter within a five-day span.
“When the airlines offer a waiver that’s when we reach out and say, ‘hey, do you want to change your flights so you’re not affected’,” Albright said.
All of the airlines Channel 3 checked with at Bradley International Airport are offering waivers for travel changes due to the storm.
Southwest advised that flights up the east coast from Washington D.C. to Maine departing after 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon through Thursday could be delayed, diverted, or even canceled.
“Thursday morning, we have somebody that was supposed to be going to Mexico. He’s now going Friday. Even though that flight is still going, chances are it’ll be canceled,” Albright said.
Travelers at Bradley didn’t want to take any chances either.
“I didn’t want to get stuck here any longer than I had to be so I booked my ticket a few days ago,” said Laura Olsen, who didn’t want to take any chances getting back to Florida.
She’s originally from Coventry and knows the weather can get dicey this time of the year.
“I took a one-way ticket here and decided to get the one-way ticket home and watch the weather,” Olsen said.
Albright says there’s one surefire way to avoid travel issues this time of year.
“We are big advocates for travel insurance. You know the weather is an obvious a reason that you think about - traveling through the winter. But you buy travel insurance for the unexpected,” Albright said.
Travel along the rail will be impacted because of Winter Storm Elsa as well.
On Tuesday, Amtrak Northeast said some Acela Express, Northeast Regional, Keystone Service, and Empire Service trains are canceled on Wednesday. Check the latest here.
Metro-North said it would operate on a reduced weekday schedule on Wednesday, "with some combined canceled trains during the AM and PM peak. Hourly service will commence after 8 p.m. to ensure customer safety during the storm. Customers should anticipate delays due to the effects of the winter storm throughout our service territory. Please travel only if necessary."
Before the storm, AAA is reminding drivers to take precautions.
Ahead of the storm, AAA says drivers should:
On the day of the storm, Wednesday, AAA says:
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