Storms could affect post-Thanksgiving travel

According to FlightAware, more than 225 USA flights had been canceled and more than 2,000 delayed on Saturday alone as of early afternoon. A number of travel advisories have been issued.

Airports with the most canceled flights include San Francisco with 67 and Newark, New Jersey, with 33 according to FlightAware.

Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for the counties shown in purple.

The forecast for the Rochester metro area calls for a total snow accumulation through Monday evening of about 6 to 10 inches and less than a tenth of an inch of ice. Lakeshore flooding is possible, the Weather Service said. He says the heavier snowfall will occur Sunday night, overnight into early Monday. Expect a coating to an inch in southern areas (Trenton and South Brunswick), 1 to 3 inches in Middlesex and South Somerset Counties, and 3-6 inches North of I-78.

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.

U.S. Highway 441 will close at 5 p.m. Sunday between Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Cherokee, North Carolina, ahead of the weather, the National Park Service says.

The National Weather Service said a major winter storm was moving through the country, bringing gusty winds and heavy snow.

In Massachusetts, the state Emergency Management Agency issued an "awareness statement" warning of 8 to 12 inches of white stuff over much of the state's interior and up to 17 inches on the eastern slopes of the Berkshires. Wind gusts could reach up to 45 miles per hour along the coast, with Cape Ann and outer Cape Cod suffering the worst of the bluster.

The White Plains DPW spent the day Sunday preparing for the winter storm before it began to come down in the area. Forecasters advise chains will be necessary to navigate roads in mountainous regions - though white-out conditions in some areas may make driving especially unsafe.

Shasta County is located between Sacramento and the OR border.

The good news is that after this system finally moves out by Tuesday afternoon, we are dry and seasonable through the end of the work week.

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.

Sunday, expected to be a historically busy day for USA airlines, will see an anticipated 3.1 million passengers, according to Airlines for America, an airline trade organization.

"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.



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