During Busiest Travel Time of the Year, a Big Weather Snafu

Friday, 29 Nov, 2019

"A historically strong storm in the West could bring hurricane-force wind gusts, while another powerful storm spreads snow and wind from the Rockies to the Great Lakes", CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said Tuesday morning.

With a Winter Weather Warning in place for Lake Tahoe until 4:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving, another new alert has been issued for the weekend. The storm set November low-pressure records in parts of OR and Northern California, the National Weather Service said.

At the peak of the storm, Pacific Power said 19,000 customers were without power in Northern California and Southern Oregon. Paul were cancelled amid the snowy conditions the next day, The Weather Channel reported. And snow levels could drop as low as 2,000 feet on Friday.

"Widespread winter weather, flash flood and wind watches, warnings and advisories are now in effect ... across large portions of the nation", it said. Rainfall of 1 to 3 inches was expected in some parts of the coast and valley regions.

"Wind gusts to 40+ mph [miles per hour] are possible across New York City on Thursday", the NWS adds. Las Vegas may also see snowflakes.

At Denver's main airport, about 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow mixed with winds that limited visibility and canceled about 30% of the airport's 1,600 average daily flights.

Portland, Oregon, resident Christina Williams and her 13-year-old son were some of the lucky ones who made it through the storm, but not without plenty of scary moments. After two hours, the plane returned to the gate due to snow.

"Thanksgiving is over then", she said.

The storm continues to bring heavy snow and rains in Sierra Nevada and Southern California, the Washington Post reported.

The weather conditions were life-threatening as cars slid across the roads, including in Colorado where one person was killed and three others were injured in a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 Tuesday, according to The Weather Channel.

Rockies/Plains/Upper Midwest: Blizzard conditions are expected as a storm travels from the Rockies to the Plains and the Upper Midwest this week.

By Saturday night, it gets cold enough that nearly all of Minnesota will see more snow, before the snow tapers-off Sunday as the storm finally moves away. About 20 flights were delayed or canceled Wednesday morning.

He says the snow will be very wet and heavy and similar to what fell on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The storms and high winds left almost 300,000 people without power across five states, including Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, though almost half had power restored by yesterday evening, according to poweroutage.us, a utility tracking site.

Weather officials in Chicago said 35 to 45 miles per hour wind gusts were already whipping across the city, warning that gusts may exceed 60 miles per hour. "Damage to trees and power lines is possible".

"That could be a coast-to-coast storm", he said. This could cause wind gusts of up to 40mph in the New York City area, potentially grounding the giant balloons at the Macy's parade. Organizers have said they will make a decision on the day of the parade.