Fox news today:
There may be no place like home for the holidays, but many Americans this year will have to weigh the Thanksgiving travel risks that come along with two major storms wreaking havoc over wide swaths the country.
The weather forecast on Wednesday for much of the U.S.—from the sunny beaches of Southern California to the wind-whipped streets of Chicago—calls for heavy snow, rain and powerful wind gusts. Some of the worst weather is expected at peak travel times in some of the largest cities. Some 55 million people are expected to travel over the next few days.
The National Weather Service said a “bomb cyclone” is headed for Northern California and the southern tip of Oregon. The agency said the storm could be a weather event not seen in the area for 20 years. Mountains in the area may see up to two feet of snow along with 35-foot waves along the coast.
If you travel south from there toward Los Angeles, you’ll be greeted with heavy rain on Wednesday, which could linger until the weekend. Kathy Hoxsie, an NWS meteorologist, told KTLA that the rainfall is expected during peak holiday travel, “of course.” Strong winds are also expected in the region, and dangerous snowfall on surrounding mountains. Las Vegas may also see snowflakes.
A separate yet historic snowstorm slammed Denver on Monday and stranded more than 1,000 at Denver International Airport.
Sonya Washington came close to taking off. Her plane was de-iced and she made it to the runway, she told the Denver Post. But it was there that she waited–and waited– with her 2-year-old daughter. After two hours, the plane returned to the gate due to snow. She had hopes of making it to Atlanta, but the next flight won’t be Thursday night.
“Thanksgiving is over then,” she said.
The system moved east, allowing Denver to begin returning to normal, but the storm is now expected to affect the Great Lakes.
Blizzard and wintry weather warnings extended into the Great Lakes states with the storm bringing high winds and snow to Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin later Tuesday and a chance of snow over the weekend for parts of New England, said Alex Lamers, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
“That could be a coast-to-coast storm,” he said.
Pam Semmler walks her 10-year-old Golden retriever named Summit as a storm packing snow and high winds sweeps in ov