‘Bomb cyclone’ and Midwest snow snarl travel for millions

‘Bomb cyclone’ and Midwest snow snarl travel for millions

It’s the best dish for a Thanksgiving travel headache. Not one, not 2, however three effective storm systems will make travel tough to near impossible at times both prior to and after Thursday’s vacation.

A record-breaking “bomb cyclone” crashed ashore in the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday night, bringing winds gusting over 100 miles per hour and feet of snow in some areas. That storm system will continue to discard snow in the Sierra Nevada while bringing heavy rain, coastal flooding and even separated thunderstorms to Southern California. It will also spread out rain and heavy mountain snows into Utah, Nevada and parts of Colorado.

Meanwhile, a “kitchen area sink” storm barreling through the Plains and Upper Midwest has actually already manifested itself in providing the worst of every season. Tornadoes touched down in Louisiana, while thundersnow and thundersleet rattled Nebraska. This is beginning the heels of Denver’s snowiest day in 3 years.

The snow is targeting the Excellent Lakes, as strong winds topped much of the Mississippi and Ohio valleys. The winds, gusting as much as 60 miles per hour sometimes, threaten to snarl air travel into and out of Chicago’s major hubs at O’Hare and Midway airports.

Which’s not all. The exact same upper-level disruption that assisted spin up the West Coast bomb cyclone will create a 3rd powerful storm to the east. It will probably impact the eastern half of the Lower 48 this weekend.

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