Published: Mon, December 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Major winter storm impacts Wisconsin this Saturday and Sunday

Major winter storm impacts Wisconsin this Saturday and Sunday

Wintry weather bedeviled Thanksgiving weekend travelers across the United States on Saturday as a powerful and unsafe storm moved eastward, dumping heavy snow from parts of California to the northern Midwest and inundating other areas with rain.

The storm, which for days has been dumping heavy snow from parts of California to the northern Midwest and inundating other areas with heavy rain, has been responsible for several deaths, according to reports.

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

The pair of storms will bring misery to the millions of Americans trying to get home from Thanksgiving - starting Sunday, which was poised to be the busiest travel day ever for the USA airline industry.

Greeley, Colo., officials canceled the city's annual Greeley Lights the Night festival because of the weather.

The South Island, primarily the West Coast, will bear the brunt of the rain, parts of the North Island will also get their share.

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

High pressure will build in the southern part of New England through Saturday night, bringing easing northwest winds and chilly temperatures.

As of Saturday afternoon, travel delays were reported at airports in San Francisco, Newark and Chicago, according to the airport tracking site Flightview.

Families returning home on Sunday from their Thanksgiving weekend may have some issues with their travel plans.

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"Tomorrow the airlines anticipate to be the busiest travel day of the Thanksgiving period at both O'Hare and Midway", Karen Pride, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Department of Aviation, said Saturday. 100 flights were cancelled and another 182 delayed at the Denver International Airport today because of winds.

EPAWA Weather Consulting says snow and sleet will transition to freezing rain Sunday in east central Pennsylvania.

In the Thumb area, a mix of rain, sleet and snow is expected to begin falling sometime after 7 p.m. tonight. Three children were swept away. The travel group's research found fatal crashes peak during the first snowfall of the year.

A third child is missing. In the western half of Hampden and Hampshire, as well as the majority of Franklin County, 12 to 18 inches is expected by Tuesday morning.

"When you start getting up toward the Catskills, that's when you might get some heavy accumulation of a foot or more", Kines said. Wells College is also closed Monday.

This system is also bring in strong winds.

The winter storm, located over the central U.S. at that time, brought with it heavy snow to the northern Plains and Midwest, Brink said. Wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour are also possible.

North-central MA could have up to 16 inches of snow and ice from Sunday through Tuesday, rendering travel "very hard to impossible", the NWS's Boston bureau said.

Almost the entire lengths of both Wyoming interstates were closed Saturday.

Travel was also hard in Colorado on Saturday as winds blew around snow that had fallen in previous days.

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