Published: Fri, November 29, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Winter storm to hit parts of Colorado on Thanksgiving through Saturday

Winter storm to hit parts of Colorado on Thanksgiving through Saturday

Stewart also said that wind associated with rainstorms pose a risk for downed trees or power lines.

As millions of people in the United States head home for the Thanksgiving holiday, the weather is set to cause widespread disruption.

The NWS said a "bomb cyclone" is headed for Northern California and the southern tip of Oregon.

The western region will have more significant consequences around Thanksgiving, the National Weather Service warned on Wednesday. North of Morris to Eau Claire, the effect will last from Friday night to Sunday morning, where over 12 inches of snow is expected in those areas.

As of 1pm NY time, 564 flights into or around the USA were cancelled, with more than 475 of them through Denver, according to FlightAware, a Houston-based airline tracking company.

The News 19 Stormtracker Forecast Team will continue to expected slight snow accumulations for the remaining parts of your Wednesday, but road conditions will be hazardous ALL day.

The first storm is pummeling the upper Midwest Wednesday morning, bringing 60 miles per hour winds, which is expected to cause travel delays at Midwest airports.

On the other side of the country, a second major storm was slamming OR and Northern California, where damaging winds, coastal flooding and heavy mountain snows of up to 120cm were forecast. While on the other coast, another storm dumped snow and high winds knocked out power.

Denver International Airport was hit with 30cm of snow and almost 500 flights were cancelled and another 500 were delayed. Spokesman Brad Hawkins said it would take a couple of days to rebook stranded passengers on other flights because there are few empty seats during the pre-Thanksgiving travel crush.

A wide area of southern California could see 5cm to 7.5cm of rain, and snow could fall heavily at the tops of the mountains around San Bernardino until tomorrow.

About 1,100 people spent the night at the airport, including many cadets from the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs who either missed flights or wanted to get to the airport before road conditions deteriorated, airport spokeswoman Alex Renteria said.

In Oregon, Department of Transportation officials reported whiteout and blizzard conditions, urging drivers in affected roadways to pull over. Airport staff handed out blankets, baby formula and diapers, and restaurants stayed open longer than usual, she said.

"In the wake of the storm moving off the New England coast early Thanksgiving Day.strong winds will develop across much of the Northeast, threatening portions of the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City".

"That could be a coast-to-coast storm", he said. A storm could even ground balloons at New York's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. She said the hotel is ready to withstand heavy downpours. "Of all the trucks and vehicles that spun out almost all did not put on their chains as they were required to do", he said in a statement.

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