Major Christmas Eve Storm Set to Snarl Travel Plans
It looks like Santa’s sleigh may be delayed due to poor weather and flying conditions this year.
In many parts of the Midwest and Eastern United States, high winds, heavy rain, thunder and lightning, as well as fog, sleet, and snow are expected to hinder travel plans on Christmas Eve.
In Milwaukee, a mixture of rain and snow is expected to fall on Wednesday, with around an inch and half (3.8 cm) of accumulation possible by the end of the day.
Chicago can expect to see snow mixed with rain, and gusts of wind up to 30 mph (48 km/h) on Wednesday. By the time Santa’s sleigh rolls around, the Windy City may have as much as 5” (12.7 cm) of the white stuff.
Detroit could see thunderstorms and heavy rain, with up to 0.5” (1.2 cm) of rainfall possible during the day on Wednesday. This will likely turn into snow leading into the night, with 0.5” (1.2 cm) of slushy snow possible by the end of the storm.
In Cincinnati, Ohio, showers with gusts of wind as high as 43 mph (69 km/h) are possible, while Cleveland will likely see similar conditions, with thunderstorms and winds as high as 47 mph (75 km/h).
Philadelphia will experience steady rainfall throughout the day, with thunderstorms also likely leading into the night. In New York City, heavy rainfall could produce around an inch and a half (3.8 cm) of rain, as well as periods of patchy fog, a potentially huge deterrent in air travel.
Up north in Boston, heavy thunderstorms could result in as much as an inch and a half (3.8 cm) of precipitation by the end of Wednesday, while further south in Washington, D.C., up to one inch (2.5 cm) of rainfall is expected in the nation’s capital.
Driving conditions could be extremely treacherous in the Midwest and on the Eastern Seaboard, and the National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook in many of the affected areas. Travelers should expect delays at many airports.
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