Wintry weather bedevils holiday weekend travellers around US

Cheryl Sanders
December 2, 2019

Areas at around 2,000 feet will begin to see snow Saturday.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo cut short a trip to Puerto Rico to return home and deal with the storm.

Heavy snowfall was recorded across the eastern and midwest United States on December 1.

The authorities found the bodies of two young children, including a five-year-old boy, and a third child was missing in central Arizona after a vehicle was swept away while attempting to cross a runoff-swollen creek. A storm-related death also was reported in South Dakota.

Blizzard conditions buffeted the High Plains on Saturday. NY will see up to 2 inches of snowfall an hour Sunday and Monday, it said, making for risky roads as the snow piles up.

The National Weather Service in Binghamton issues a winter storm warning, in effect until Monday evening.

Another system was forecast to develop in the mid-Atlantic Sunday, moving into a nor'easter by Monday.

As of 12:30pm on Sunday, more than 500 flights were cancelled across the country, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.

Some planes inbound to Newar, New Jersey were delayed by an average of two-and-a-half hours, with 33 flights cancelled.

Due to delays and cancellations, Delta Airlines announced weather waivers for almost two dozen cities in the Northeast for Sunday and Monday, including airports in Boston and the NY area.

© Joe Mahoney, Getty Images A jet passes snow-covered cars parked at Denver International Airport on November 26, 2019, in Denver.

The weather will impact morning and evening commutes on Monday, the NWS says, and could make travel "very hard to impossible" with blowing snow reducing visibility.

Any areas other than far Northwest NJ will see a changeover to all rain for the remainder of Sunday. Traffic was heavy, but Interstate 5 was open in both directions as holiday travellers headed home.

High winds and ice were making travel nearly impossible in some other places, however.

A 100-mile section of Interstate 80 in Nebraska and Wyoming closed Saturday morning because of high winds and blowing snow. The Governor also announced 524,000 tons of salt is available to help combat black ice and snowy roads. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

The National Service officially released a Winter Storm Watch for Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties with 8 to 12 inches of snow predicted for those areas. "Numerous vehicles are stuck in snow drifts and in roads", it added.

All roads in and out of Casper were closed on Saturday morning, including the entire 483km of Interstate 25 in Wyoming.

After mostly rain, sleet and slush Sunday and overnight, Monday's morning commute could be messy, but as rain turns to snow through the day, it's the evening commute that looks to pose the most issues for commuters.

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