Winter Storm to Bring ‘Significant Travel Hazards’ from Arizona to Minnesota

By Anna Breuer on 28 December 2019
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A “potent” winter storm is moving across the Plains and Upper Midwest this weekend, promising to upend holiday travel, the National Weather Service said Saturday.

Storm warnings and advisories are in effect for 15 million people from Arizona to Minnesota, with winter storm warnings for some areas from Colorado to Minnesota.  The storm could bring 8” to 16” (20 cm to 40 cm) of blown snow from Northern Nebraska to Northern Minnesota.

The National Weather Service said to expect “significant travel hazards” and is predicting heavy snow and blowing snow with areas of freezing rain, causing poor road conditions and reduced visibility,

Expect poor road conditions and numerous flight cancellations in the affected areas.  As of 8 a.m. Mountain Time, there have been 73 flight cancellations in and out of Denver International Airport as well as 263 flight delays, according to FlightStats, a company that tracks such information. There have been a total of 1,393 flight delays and 132 cancellations in the United States for Saturday.

On Friday, the United States saw 6,352 flight delays and an additional 386 cancellations, with Denver reporting 49 cancellations and 448 delays in and out of the airport.

In the rest of the country, temperatures are expected to generally be above normal for the eastern United States and below normal for the Rockies and western High Plains this weekend. The Pacific Northwest will see showers from a weakened cold front and scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected for the Florida peninsula.

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