What is the weather situation in America? Winter Storm Petra is affecting several states across the US Midwest region to the East Coast, including New York, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. It has now triggered a state of emergency declaration in New Jersey as more than 200 million Americans are to be impacted by snow, ice and rain. Meanwhile in Washington DC, schools and federal offices closed on Wednesday due to the chilling conditions.
There have been thousands of flights delayed and cancelled as the weather system pushes east one the United States.
What flights have been cancelled? How has it impacted Britons?
Nationwide, more than 2,200 flights have been cancelled, with a further 4,931 delayed at the time of writing, according to flightaware.com.
Those airports most affected today have been the three major airports which serve Washington and Baltimore.
Washington’s Ronald Reagan airport warned of the bad weather and posted on its Twitter account that teams were on-hand to clear the runways.
It wrote: “Flying in or out of @Reagan_Airport this afternoon? Our snow team has the runway looking REAL good! Some airlines are continuing to have cancellations and delays this afternoon, so please double check the status of your flight prior to coming to the airport.”
Travellers are urged to contact their individual flight providers.
What has the UK Government said about travel to America?
Official advice has suggested travellers consult the US National Weather Service website prior to making their trip.
The gov.uk website added: “Road conditions may become hazardous, and you should consult the relevant authority for the State(s) you are travelling through before departing.
“If you’re in an affected area or due to travel, you should monitor local media, follow the advice of the local authorities and check with your airline or transport provider before travelling.”
About 3.8 million Britons visit the US every year.
How do Britons travel to America?
A number of airlines offer direct flights to many of the American states.
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic provide direct, non stop flights to Washington.
Passengers can complete the journey in around eight hours and a half.
Meanwhile Delta offers a one-stop option, with total travel time of 12 hours and 51 minutes.