Christmas Week Storm: Winds, Snow Threaten Travel Chaos – NBCNews.com

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A huge weather system packing gusting winds, thunderstorms, snow and even the odd twister is threatening Tuesday to put a damper on millions of Americans’ holiday travel plans. Significant road and air travel delays are expected across the East Coast on Tuesday and Wednesday courtesy of a messy mix of rain, wind, clouds and fog, according to forecasters.

“The Gulf Coast will see the worst of the severe weather on Tuesday, with thunderstorms, as much as 3 to 5 inches of rain and damaging winds right across Louisiana and into southern Georgia and northern Florida,” The Weather Channel’s lead meteorologist Roy Lucksinger said. “The conditions are right for possible isolated tornadoes, too.”

The huge system will pivot northeastward Wednesday, bringing heavy rain and gusty winds along the East Coast and wind and snow showers to the Great Lakes and middle Mississippi Valley. Chicago and Milwaukee could see “significant” snowfall towards the end of Christmas Eve, Lucksinger said. “At the moment the system could just clip Chicago on Christmas Eve with potentially heavy snow that would certainly disrupt flights,” Lucksinger added. Meanwhile, a separate storm arriving in the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday is set to bring rain before moving across the Rockies. Salt Lake City could see up to eight inches of snow on Christmas Day.

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First published December 23 2014, 2:59 AM

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