Winter storm warning issued for multiple Minnesota, western Wisconsin counties

Winter storm warning issued for multiple Minnesota, western Wisconsin counties

Winter storm warning issued for multiple Minnesota, western Wisconsin counties

In the central United States, weather-related delays were hampering post-Thanksgiving travel plans by Friday: Officials in Rapid City, S.D., issued a no-travel advisory, while Utah Highway Patrol troopers reported a "huge smattering" of wrecks across the state beginning Friday afternoon, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Because the thermal profile with this storm, especially on the southern side of the system, will be iffy since it is so early in the season, a mixed bag of precipitation will be likely there. But from New York City north, there is a 50-50 chance of six inches of snow or more. Airlines for America, the airline industry's trade group, expects 3.1 million passengers during what could be the busiest day ever recorded for American air travel.

Even California, where a Thanksgiving Day storm produced flooding up and down the coast and snow in parts of the high desert, will likely see another wave of rain.

One storm-related death is reported in South Dakota and three children are missing in Arizona.

The Gila County Sheriff's Office said Saturday two other children and two adults who were in the vehicle were rescued from a small island and the bank of the creek in Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix. "Significant snow accumulations with icing are possible".

7NEWS meteorologist Jaisol Martinez says this is an event that is spread out from Sunday night until early Tuesday morning so it won't dump all this snow in a short amount of time.

For those traveling around the state, there are winter weather watches and advisories throughout, from all directions. Interstate 90 was also closed on the Montana and Wyoming border and roads throughout Wyoming were also shut down. This ice could form during a storm system bringing winds higher than 30 miles per hour, which raises the issue of possible power outages and hazardous driving conditions.

In terms of snow, the freezing level with this second storm in Southern California will be well above Tejon and Cajon passes.

Wind gusts up to 80 kph created ground blizzards and below-zero wind chill temperatures in some areas. In Boston, the high is expected to reach only 36 degrees Saturday - compared to a normal high in the upper 40s - with winds gusting up to 28 mile per hour, according to the weather service.

MassDOT announced that as of late Saturday morning, there is no travel ban in MA for any classification of vehicles.

Later in the evening, winds will increase quickly, plummeting wind chill temperatures and reducing visibility in blowing and falling snow.

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