Thanksgiving Travel ‘Very Difficult’ as Winter Weather Strikes Much of the U.S

By Accura News on 28 November 2019
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DSC_0811 (1)Two major storms have made it impossible for some to travel over the river and through the woods on Thursday, which is a holiday in the United States.

More than 55 million people are expected to – or at least had hoped to –  travel in the course of the holiday weekend.

“Widespread winter weather, flash flood and wind watches, warnings and advisories are currently in effect from the National Weather Service across large portions of the nation,” the agency said on Thursday.

“Travel will be very difficult to impossible,“ the agency had forecast for the holiday weekend.

Thirty-two states have severe weather watches, warnings, or weather advisories and travelers can expect snow, rain, and high winds.

As of Thursday morning, parts of the Midwest had been blanketed in heavy snow, while a bomb cyclone was bearing down on the Northwest bringing with it hurricane-force winds. Two tornadoes, in Mississippi and Louisiana, touched down late Wednesday.

The northeastern United States is experiencing high winds which are knocking down trees and power lines and New England is preparing for heavy snow.

At 1:30 p.m. EST over 1,240 flights have been delayed with only 34 cancellations.  The delays are spread out across the country although Chicago O’Hare, Los Angeles International, and San Francisco International airports are reporting over 40 delays each, according to Flightstats.com, a service that tracks such information.

Expect hazardous driving conditions due to snow, ice, and fallen trees in much of the country.  If your auto has summer tires and you haven’t already mounted winter tires, remember that summer tires lose their adhesion at 42° F (6° C) and are extremely dangerous in wintry conditions.  Many European countries mandate the use of winter tires from November through April.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)