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article imageBiggest winter storm of the year disrupts holiday travel

By Emma Burge     Dec 19, 2012 in Travel
Are you planning on traveling to visit loved ones this holiday season? If you are then you may be saddened to find out that your plans may be disrupted.
There is a winter storm beginning to make its move across the US today and it is not too pretty. The first major winter storm of this year is currently over the Rocky Mountains. It blew in from the Pacific and is pelting the west coast with heaps of snow. Glen Have, Colorado for instance has already had almost a foot of snow. As the storm is traveling east, the National Weather Service believes that it will only get worse, “Heavy snow will begin falling in the central Plains by Wednesday evening and move into the Upper Midwest overnight and during the day on Thursday. The heaviest amounts will be across Iowa and into southern Wisconsin, where up to a foot of snow is possible. Strong, gusty winds accompanying the storm will bring blizzard conditions, making travel in the area hazardous.” The government in Iowa is already preparing for a blizzard as Kansas is prepping itself for possible thunderstorms resulting from the wintry weather. By Friday morning, the storm will be around the Michigan area according to National Weather Service reports.
This storm is not only disrupting road travel, but air travel and mail services as well. The airline companies of Southwest, United, and Frontier have already set into place flexible rebooking policies in case certain fliers want to reschedule their travel plans until after the storm. In Denver, flights have already been delayed throughout the day and airports throughout the country are preparing themselves for longer delays and even cancellations. The mailing service FedEx has 15 meteorologists around the world checking the weather everyday and is currently only seeing minor delays in shipping. Of course they do have a contingency plan in case the storm is worse than they perceive and because FedEx is expecting Thursday to be the busiest day for mail this holiday season.
Even if plans are disrupted for you this year, look on the bright side, maybe this year we will all finally have a white Christmas.
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