Winter storm heading east, could snarl travel

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Dec. 26 (UPI) — A winter storm that began in California is now in the Midwest and Rockies, bringing potential delays to travelers in coming days.

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings for southern Colorado northeastward to western Minnesota.

They expect the low-pressure storm system to drop at least six inches of snow from northeastern Colorado to eastern North and South Dakota before sweeping through northern Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Those conditions will bring such blizzard conditions as low visibility and blowing snow from late Wednesday to Thursday. Gusty winds could also create snow drifts several feet high.

Between today and Thursday, the storm could also dump up to 18 inches of snow in South Dakota and west-central Minnesota.

Rain could change to snow and fall on cities like Minneapolis and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Right now, rain and snow are falling on portions of Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

By Friday, the system will turn to rain after reaching parts of New England and New York, which both expect temperatures in the 40s and 50s.

AAA had already predicted that 112 million people would be traveling this holiday season.

Anyone traveling during the holiday season should continue to check the latest travel advisories on airlines and state highway patrol websites.


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