Bodies of children found as deadly winter weather hits the US

Cheryl Sanders
December 2, 2019

Thanksgiving is the busiest travel period of the year, with roughly 31.6 million people flying.

She added, high wind warnings and wind advisories cover 20 million people from New Mexico to Nebraska where winds could gust up to 85 miles per hour.

The same weather system has been pummeling the USA for days as it moves cross country, dumping heavy snow from parts of California to the northern Midwest and inundating other areas with rain.

Two boys, ages 5 and 8, died Saturday near Patton, Missouri, when the vehicle they were riding in was swept off flooded roads. A storm-related death also was reported in South Dakota.

Back-to-back snowstorms and strong winds have combined to make travel hard to impossible across much of Wyoming as wintry causes serious complications for post-Thanksgiving holiday travel while a powerful storm moves east toward the Midwest.

Rain will stretch from coastal areas in the Northeast to farther south where it will be accompanied by thunderstorms and strong wind gusts, the weather service said.

He also deployed state agency commissioners from DHSES, DOT, Thruway Authority and State Police to regions expected to be hardest hit by the storm, and announced the state emergency response bunker will be open until the end of the storm. Winds will be strongest in the east, but especially around the mountains and Cook Strait next week.

A deadly winter storm that pummeled the West Coast and northern Midwest as millions of travelers returned home from their Thanksgiving holiday is taking aim at the Northeast and likely to cause further flight cancellations and delays.

Blizzard conditions are already impacting the High Plains and around Duluth, Minnesota, on the shores of Lake Superior.

The Weather Service predicted that 4 to 7 inches of snow would fall on the Twin Cities between 6 a.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday. A coupling of low-pressure systems will cause havoc in the central New Jersey and northern New Jersey areas on Sunday and Monday.

In a different incident, the bodies of a boy and a girl, both aged five, were found in central Arizona after their vehicle was swept away on Friday while crossing a swollen creek.

A third child is missing.

Phase One: During this first stage, the first low pressure system, which has initially brought bad weather throughout California and into the southern desert areas will make its move north and east towards the Great Lakes.

High winds and ice are expected to make travel nearly impossible in some places.

The unsafe snowstorm moved towards the country's north-east on Sunday, with hundreds of flight cancellations and delays affecting Thanksgiving travellers.

A less-urgent, less-severe Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for eastern Bergen, Essex, Middlesex, and Union counties until Tuesday morning.

New York City will start out with freezing rain, sleet and a little snow before changing over just rain later Sunday, said Marc Chenard, a senior branch forecaster at the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

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