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Published on : Monday, November 25, 2013
The winter has set in well and good. A deadly winter storm system is disrupting plans for millions of Americans who will fly or drive somewhere for Thanksgiving — with some of the worst weather expected on Wednesday, the busiest travel day of the year.Storms have already heaped up to a foot of snow on the mountains of Utah and Colorado and claimed 13 lives, including a -4year-old girl who was killed in a rollover crash on an icy road in New Mexico.
Now the weird weather pattern is picking up speed and heading for the Northeast, and the 43 million Americans who plan to travel for Thanksgiving are at risk. Rain and ice sweeping across the South will converge with a storm system pushing down from the Great Lakes.
“That is a lethal combination for winter weather in the Northeast,” said Tom Niziol, a winter weather expert for The Weather Channel.
Among the 43 million travelers are 3.1 million expected to fly. Flights could be delayed in New York, Boston, Washington and Baltimore. That is because of expected low clouds and strong wind, said Kevin Roth, lead meteorologist for The Weather Channel.In the Northeast, the worst weather is expected Tuesday and Wednesday.If people traveling can get out before then, or wait until afterward, that would be the best thing,” Roth said.
The system moving across the South is expected to bring ice to Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and parts of the Carolinas late Monday night and into Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it will link up with the system pushing down from the Great Lakes, bringing heavy snow to parts of Pennsylvania and upstate New York, and heavy rain closer to the Northeast coast.The storm is forecast to dump up to a foot of snow on Buffalo and Syracuse, N.Y., and up to eight inches on Pittsburgh, Roth said.
After a frigid, blustery weekend in the Northeast, 1,000 people were already without power in Connecticut after high wind brought down a power line, NBC Connecticut reported.A winter storm system already has killed eight, while bringing snow to the southwest. Now, the system is making its way to northeast and could impact holiday travel severely. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.
The storm system threatening Thanksgiving plans started in the West on Thursday, where it killed three people in California. It moved on to New Mexico and Texas, both of which were under winter storm warnings Monday, and devastation was a part of life.