CHICAGO – It is a white Christmas for the northern Plains and a number of Western states, but it is likely the cause difficult to travel.
Forecasters warned drivers to keep alternative routes in mind and prepare for possible delays.
Southern California, even got a dose of snow, with about 2 inches falling in a mountainous area about 75 km north of Los Angeles. The shutdown of the state, the main north-south interstate I — 5 for nearly four hours on Saturday.
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The north-central US: Christmas blizzard, ice creating dangerous travel
The Winter weather can be a bummer for the happy holidaymakers
Rain, snow to christmas Eve to slow travel in the south west of US
In Arizona, parts of Interstate 40 and other highways in the state’s high country were closed after the winter weather hit, leading to multiple crashes. A winter storm warning was issued for a large part of northern Arizona for elevations above 6000 feet late Saturday or early Sunday morning, depending on the locations.
In the coming days, with a large swath of the Dakota is under a blizzard warning, the National Weather Service predicting heavy snowfall and strong winds from Sunday and Monday. The Dakota Access pipeline protest camp in the south of North Dakota will be affected. Although many left during a snowstorm earlier this month, Morton County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Rob Keller said, there would be at least 500 people still in the camp.
To the east, parts of central Minnesota are under a ice storm warning. To the west, snow is also forecast for much of Idaho, Montana, Utah, and northeast Colorado.
Air travel was not affected Saturday on the country’s major airports. But snow Friday in Appleton, Wisconsin, the cause of the Minnesota Vikings’ team plane to scroll down from a job.
The Storm Prediction Center warned that warm, humid air can lead to severe weather conditions in the lower Plains, Arkansas and Oklahoma on Sunday.