Travelers journeying to the Pacific Coast of the United States during the second half of January, 2017 benefit by using common sense and patience. Following several weeks of crowded airport, bus, and train terminals, the close of January usually witnesses a slight drop in travel demand. Yet forecasters predict inclement weather will impact many parts of California and the Northwest this year. These findings suggest travelers may still encounter unexpected disruptions or delays during the second half of January.
Earlier this winter, California endured a series of unusual natural events. People in some parts of the Golden State contended with mudslides, extremely heavy snowfalls, sinkhole formation and even flooding. Meteorologists cautioned the public to brace for some very heavy rainstorms moving inland from the Pacific Ocean during the closing weeks of January. Residents of mountainous areas should anticipate a series of rainstorms in the Central Valley and much heavier than normal snowfalls in mountain areas. This forecast has raised fears of sloppy roadway travel conditions in Northern California and Oregon. In some locales, people traveling in motor vehicles might encounter some delays.
Passengers journeying by air may find the current weather forecast less disruptive. Yet these individuals, too, benefit from utilizing common sense during their travels. One example: recently the federal Transportation Security Administration released statistics indicating a staggering number of airline customers in the USA still seek to board airplanes carrying firearms. To avoid unnecessary airport delays, comply with federal transportation laws! Incredibly, according to the TSA, airline passengers sought to carry some 3,391 firearms into airplane cabins along with other carry-on luggage. Federal laws strictly prohibit this behavior. The TSA reports the majority of firearms confiscated by agency screening personnel contained ammunition. By obeying airline travel regulations, people journeying to the West Coast can enjoy fewer delays.