/Updates: Winter storm bringing snow to Rockies, midwest, New England – Business Insider

Updates: Winter storm bringing snow to Rockies, midwest, New England – Business Insider


  • Another powerful winter storm caused travel woes for Americans returning home from the Thanksgiving holidays.
  • According to the National Weather Service, freezing rain and snow is expected across vast swaths of the country, including eastern California, the Rocky Mountains, the upper Midwest, and the New England coast this weekend.
  • Travel conditions may be hazardous for drivers, and at airports like Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport, passengers are experiencing a high percentage of delays.
  • At Newark, Sunday inbound flights are delayed at their origin an average of 2 hours and 33 minutes due to snow and ice, according to FlightAware. There have been more than 300 flight cancellations in the US.
  • Earlier this week, back-to-back winter storms hit Colorado and parts of the Pacific Northwest, causing more than 450 flight cancellations at Denver International Airport.
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Another severe winter storm is threatening travel plans, as snow, rain, and freezing rain are expected in California, the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountains, the upper Midwest, and moving into the New England coast.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), 18 inches of snow or more could be expected in eastern California, with 8 inches or more expected in upstate New York and in northern Michigan into Monday.

The NWS warned to expect heavy snow in California and blizzard conditions from the upper Midwest to the northeast.

 

Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota already received nearly 10 inches of snow just prior to the Thanksgiving holidays. The cities’ local NWS reported that the “break from winter weather will be brief with another large storm system impacting the region Friday through the weekend.”

Travelers trying to drive along Interstates 90 and 94 through Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakotas may be faced with up to 36 inches of snow in the Black Hills of South Dakota, according to AccuWeather.

“Blizzard conditions can occur in part of this swath. The visibility could be so low at times it may be difficult to determine where the road surface actually is,” AccuWeather reported.

Sacramento’s National Weather Service is also discouraging travelers from driving through northern California’s Sierra mountains, as “another significant winter storm is expected” this weekend.

Snow started falling Saturday afternoon, and parts of northern California like Squaw Valley, Soda Springs, and Donner Summit have already been hit with 2 feet to 3 feet of snow in the past several days.

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A seasonal business offers chain-up help as motorists put snow chains on their tires on November 27, 2019 before driving over snowy Santiam Pass, Ore.
Andy Selsky/AP


An impending nor’easter

The blizzard conditions in the west and Midwest made their way over to New England on Saturday night. The storm is expected to continue to move into Virginia and Pennsylvania throughout Sunday and impacted New York Sunday morning. According to the National Weather Service in Albany, the storm could bring a mix of snow, freezing rain, and sleet.

The impending precipitation is likely to hamper travelers returning to New York City and Philadelphia on Sunday and Monday. At Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, inbound flights were delayed at their origin Sunday morning on average at 2 hours and 33 minutes due to snow and ice, according to FlightAware.

NBC’s Storm Team NYC warned travelers: “Sunday-Monday = mess. Pack your patience if you’re traveling.”

 

Snow in the desert

In the southern US, the same winter weather band has already caused several inches of snow in the California desert outside Los Angeles.

Flagstaff, Arizona, received 4 inches of snow Friday morning.

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Heavy storm clouds and a dusting of snow are seen in the San Gabriel mountain range behind downtown Los Angeles on November 29, 2019.
Richard Vogel/AP


Drivers may have to make alternative travel arrangements due to the impending snow, but fliers may also need to make new plans — on Sunday, more than 300 flights within, into, or out of the US were cancelled, with high cancellations reported at Toronto Pearson International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, and Newark.

Earlier this week, back-to-back winter storms hit Colorado and parts of the Pacific Northwest, causing more than 450 flight cancellations at Denver International Airport.

Michelle Mark and the Associated Press contributed reporting.

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