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Two winter storms could affect Christmas travel in the U.S.

2023-12-21T12:37:20+00:00
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  • A pair of storms threaten Christmas.
  • Heavy snowfall and intense rain are forecast.
  • Plan your travel accordingly.

In a shocking weather twist, a pair of storms are set to unleash chaos over the U.S. on Christmas weekend.

There are two systems to look out for —one hitting southern California and the desert with heavy rain, and another in the northwest bringing rain and snow.

This winter system threatens to create a large area of ​​precipitation, with heavy snow expected on the northwest flank of the storm.

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The most concerning thing to look out for is heavy snowfall that could have a significant impact on the travel plans of millions of Americans.

Meteorologists are on alert, closely monitoring the evolution of these storms to determine precisely where the worst conditions will develop.

A key complication these two storms will face is the lack of cold air over the western and central states.

This lack of cold temperatures means snow levels will be high and unlikely to reach valley floors.

A pair of storms threaten Christmas

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«Where the two storms come together, an extended period of accumulating snow is likely,» AccuWeather meteorologist Brandon Buckingham said.

He continued, «[M]uch to the delight of skiers and snow lovers, but more of a nightmare to those traveling.»

«There will be pockets of snow for both the southern Rockies and the interior Northwest prior to the merge from late this week to the start of the Christmas weekend,» he added.

It’s important for people to pay attention to the forecast this weekend.

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This phenomenon poses an additional challenge for those planning to travel for the holiday, as roads could become dangerous.

The FOX Forecast Center is ramping up efforts to track a potentially disruptive storm that could impact holiday travel.

It could affect those who want to spend Christmas with their loved ones.

Uncertainty about the exact development of this storm adds an additional element of concern for planning.

A storm on Christmas Eve

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The pair of storm systems from the Pacific Northwest and California move east of the Rocky Mountains later this week.

An area of ​​low pressure is forecast to develop on the surface next Sunday in the middle of Christmas Eve.

That system could then become a more powerful storm, taking advantage of tropical moisture in the Gulf of Mexico, according to FOX Weather.

«Rain will reach the Texas peninsula Thursday morning and begin to spread across the Central Plains states,» said meteorologist Michael Estime.

Snow and rain are in the forecast

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«And as it does so into Thursday evening and Friday, it is going to spell some big-time rain for a lot of folks who could see that area of low pressure,» he added.

Likewise, heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected in the Central Plains from Christmas Eve until Christmas Day.

It is still too early to determine whether those storms will become severe, but forecast trends are being closely monitored.

«It will be imperative that, if you plan travel later this week and then early this weekend, plan ahead,” Estime said.

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