Brutal weather shuts down hundreds of miles of interstates amid Thanksgiving travel

Brutal weather shuts down hundreds of miles of interstates amid Thanksgiving travel

Brutal weather shuts down hundreds of miles of interstates amid Thanksgiving travel

For the latest information on cancelled flights, visit flychicago.com. A "bomb cyclone" phenomenon was expected to topple trees and knock out power in California and Oregon.

Snowfall totals in and around Minneapolis had reached 15cm to 20cm by yesterday morning before topping out at up to 18cm as the system slides to the east, said Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in College Park, Maryland.

West Coast: "Avoid travel" if possible Tuesday and Wednesday, forecasters said as a storm with strong winds heads toward southwest OR and northwest California.

He said the blaze was all the more challenging for firefighters as high winds were pushing the flames downhill and then back uphill.

A snow storm pounding the Rockies with blizzard conditions was starting to spread into the Plains and Upper Midwest.

In the higher elevations, travel will be "very hard to impossible". Even those who left early were confronted with icy and snow-covered roads.

Many drivers across the state and in neighboring Nebraska are dealing with black ice, blowing snow and reduced visibility. At the same time, a stronger piece of energy will develop over Mexico and move north into the much colder air in place across the central U.S. This will lead to heavy snow and treacherous travel for parts of the Heartland as we head into Thursday.

Pre-winter weather has dumped 32 inches of snow on Boulder, Colorado. Some areas could see a foot (30.5 centimetres) or more, Hewett said.

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have issued a weather waiver for flights in and out of Denver.

Two major winter storms continue to track across the nation, bringing a miserable mix of rain, snow and wind from coast to coast.

On Tuesday, weather-related damage was widespread. Authorities on both sides of the California-Oregon border reported numerous vehicle crashes and closed roads.

A jet waits for takeoff Tuesday at Denver International Airport, where travelers have seen hundreds of flights canceled amid heavy snow.

Southwest Airlines cancelled about 200 flights.

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. Airport staff handed out blankets, baby formula and diapers, and restaurants stayed open longer than usual, she said. From Colorado to Wisconsin, nearly a foot of snow is expected. One person was killed, when a tractor-trailer jackknifed and was hit by two other trucks on Interstate 70 near the ski town of Vail. The National Weather Service is warning of two big storm systems across the USA - one tacking up the Great Lakes and into New England on Wednesday, while the other is already making its presence felt in the West.

"That could be a coast-to-coast storm", he said.

In New York, the system could mean disappointment for fans of the larger-than-life balloons flown at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

A little further north, The National Weather Service predicted that Northern California and OR may have wind gusts in the 70 to 80 miles per hour range. Winds associated with this storm were clocked at a whopping 106 miles per hour. Koenig reported from Dallas.

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