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Christmas Travel: Friday Weather Headaches

December 19, 2012 - 08:00 PM
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Traveling this Friday before the Christmas holiday? Find out where winter weather, whipping wind, and blizzard conditions could slow you down.

"Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother's house we go".  Well, you may want to pack your patience if grandma (or your loved ones) lives in the Upper Midwest, Ohio Valley, or New England where winter weather, whipping wind, and blizzard conditions could slow you down. 

Friday will be a big travel day for many, since it's right before the weekend and the Christmas holiday Monday and Tuesday.  Just in time for tons of travelers, a big storm system is brewing in the mid section of the country.  See how many weather warnings are posted across the country late Wednesday.  The red indicates blizzard warnings, the pink, winter storm warnings and the blue, winter weather watches.

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A big dip in the jet stream will allow the cold air that's been trapped in Canada, for much of this winter, to slide South.  Couple the cold air with a strengthening area of low pressure with a good bit of moisture and you get a winter weather travel headache.  The snow and blizzard conditions East of the Rockies and through the Central Plains will end by Friday, but the storm will then move into the Midwest, Ohio Valley, and New England by Thursday and Friday causing a slow go for many. 

Temperatures will plummet across much of the country after this weather system moves East.  Highs will only be in the teens and 20s in the upper Midwest and highs in the 30s and 40s, here, in the Mid Atlantic.  Beautiful weather in the South with sunshine and highs in the 50s and 60s.  Keep all of this in mind for packing purposes!

Here's hoping it's a smooth travel day for you and your loved ones.  Happy holidays!

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