A major winter storm system that is bringing heavy snow and damaging winds to parts of the Midwest, Great Lakes and East Coast serves as the theme for travelers this Christmas and New Years holidays.
If your travels will take you to any mountainous area or north of the Mason-Dixon Line, you’ll need to pay attention to the weather.
The other big story this holiday season is the decline of gasoline prices. Motorists will spend less on gas than at Thanksgiving. And in many places, prices will be lower than a year ago.
Blizzard conditions caused a number of flight cancellations Thursday, and meteorologists say very strong winds are likely across much of the eastern United States on Friday. Damaging wind gusts are possible in the New York-Philadelphia corridor, and that could cause problems with flight schedules.
“The winds are likely to cause flight delays in the region,” says Alex Sosnowski, a meteorologist with Accu-Weather.
The same storm system is predicted to deliver heavy snows in upstate New York; northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania; western Michigan; and the mountains of West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Another storm system is forecast to follow roughly the same track on Christmas Day and Dec. 26, and long-range forecasts indicate yet another storm around New Years Day.
Here is what to expect with your holiday travel:
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