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Winter storm in US could disrupt holiday travel plans

Blizzard warnings are in effect from Colorado to Wisconsin with over a foot of snow expected in some areas.

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A snow storm across the US could affect millions traveling home for the holidays. (Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP/Getty Images)

A winter storm is moving across the United States and it could disrupt travel plans for millions of people traveling for the holidays.

NBC News reported blizzard warnings are in effect from Colorado to Wisconsin with over a foot of snow expected in some areas.

“This is a massive system,” said NBC's TODAY Show meteorologist Al Roker. “We’ve got watches and warnings that spread across 16 states, from New Mexico all the way to Wisconsin and Michigan.”

On Wednesday, flights at Denver International Airport were delayed half an hour for de-icing, according to airport spokeswoman Laura Coale. “Currently, there’s only a handful of flight cancelations – mostly commuter flights,” she told NBC.

National Public Radio reported the National Weather Service is calling it the first winter storm of the year and said it is bringing with it nearly a foot of snow to the Rocky Mountains.

According to the National Weather Service "strong, gusty winds accompanying the storm will bring blizzard conditions, making travel in the area hazardous."

According to USA TODAY air travelers at America's busiest airports in the MidWest and East Coast could see delays over the next few days.

The Northeast is expected to get cold temperatures, gusty winds and rain by Friday.

 

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/121219/winter-storm-us-could-disrupt-holiday-travel-pla