‘Stay put,’ officials warn: Winter storms slam US as 50 million people travel for Thanksgiving

Posted: November 28, 2019 by oldbrew in Natural Variation, News, weather

Credit: BBC News

One minor problem with that Yahoo News headline – it isn’t even winter yet.

Two powerful winter storms hammered the West Coast and Midwest on Wednesday, shutting down highways and snarling travel plans on one of the nation’s busiest travel days.

Weather watches, warnings and alerts were posted across much of the western half of the nation after a storm that had been a “bomb cyclone” marched westward from the California coast, AccuWeather reported.

Hundreds of stranded cars were removed from Interstate 5 headed north from California into Oregon in the aftermath of the storm that dumped snow and created whiteout conditions on both sides of the California-Oregon border.

As the skies cleared Wednesday, drivers reported being stuck for 17 or more hours in blizzard conditions and some spent the night in their vehicles.

Farther south, winter storm warnings were in effect for the mountains near Los Angeles into early Friday with 6 to 12 inches of snow forecast for most mountains, except 12 to 24 inches for the San Gabriels, the National Weather Service in Los Angeles warned.

“Expect significant travel delays and road closures with dangerous winter driving conditions,” the weather service said.

Meanwhile, parts of the central U.S. remained under siege from a storm that delayed or canceled almost 1,000 flights in Denver alone.

High winds and heavy snow forced a temporary shutdown of I-70 in parts of Colorado and across the border into Kansas. It reopened in Kansas, but the state Highway Patrol urged Kansans to stay off the roads.

“Stay put, doesn’t look like fun,” Trooper Tod Hileman warned.

Full report here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    Cars and trucks in stopped traffic on Interstate 5 near Dunsmuir, Calif. (California Department of Transportation via AP)

    = = =
    Emergency alert issued, Canada-U.S. border crossing closed at Coutts due to winter storm

    Last time storm caused closure was nearly two decades ago, town official says
    Sarah Rieger · CBC News · Posted: Nov 27, 2019 7:29 PM MT | Last Updated: 6 hours ago

    “If you come to U.S. Customs, they’re turning you back,” said Lori Rolfe, the Village of Coutts’ chief administrative officer. “We have lots of snow and lots of blowing so visibility is not great.”

    Rolfe said the closure was extremely unusual — the last time she recalls a similar incident was in 2000.
    . . .
    Across the border, the U.S. National Weather Service cautioned that snow could accumulate by as much as 70 centimetres.


  2. Gamecock says:

    ‘officials warn’

    We are Americans; we make our own decisions.

    “Across the border, the U.S. National Weather Service cautioned that snow could accumulate by as much as 70 centimetres.”

    Hmmm . . . I would have expected them to say 27 inches.

  3. ivan says:

    Now where is all that globull warming hiding? Maybe this is the earth just showing the UN Church of Climatology that they don’t have a clue about how the climate works..

  4. ren says:

    Stratospheric intrusion over California.

  5. Ireneusz Palmowski says:

    Weakened polar vortex in the middle of the stratosphere.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Re. ren’s link…

  7. ren says:

    Oldbrew, the difference is that this is only the beginning of winter, not spring, when the polar vortex weakens.

  8. ren says:

    Arctic air reaches Great Britain. It will soon snow in central Europe.

  9. Gamecock says:

    “It will soon snow in central Europe.”

    Oh, noes!

    Wait . . . it’s late November, isn’t it?

  10. ren says:

    Gamecock look at the links above, I dedicate them to you.

  11. ren says:

    El Niño does not affect the temperature in the northern hemisphere.

  12. ren says:

    Cold low in early December will move over the Great Lakes.

  13. ren says:

    The winter polar vortex develops in the stratosphere, its pattern depends only on the direction of ozone inflow on the polar circle. This gives a temperature difference that creates a stream current.

  14. oldbrew says:

    Snow to hit 2,000-mile stretch from Nevada to New England as weekend travelers head home
    USA TODAY • November 29, 2019

    A severe storm system is turning Black Friday into a wintry white weekend with blizzards and snow expected along much of a 2,000-mile stretch from Nevada to the Upper Midwest and into New England next week.

    Farther south, severe thunderstorms are possible from the southern Plains to Lower Mississippi River Valley through Saturday.

    The National Weather Service forecast a large swath of snow totals topping 8 inches for the Northern Rockies eastward into the Northern Plains and for Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, according to the National Weather Service. It said localized snow totals above 18 inches can be expected.


  15. ren says:

    The great snowstorm will move from Nebraska to the east.

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