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chicago» It’ll be a white Christ­mas for the north­ern Plains and some West­ern states — and it’s likely to cause trou­ble­some travel.

Fore­cast­ers cau­tioned driv­ers to keep al­ter­nate routes in mind and pre­pare for pos­si­ble de­lays.

South­ern Cal­i­for­nia even got a dose of snow, with about 2 inches fall­ing in a moun­tain­ous re­gion about 75 miles north of Los An­ge­les. It shut down the state’s main north-south high­way — In­ter­state 5 — for nearly four hours Satur­day.

In the com­ing days, a large swath of the Dako­tas is un­der a bliz­zard warn­ing, with the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice fore­cast­ing heavy snow and strong winds Sun­day and Mon­day. The Dakota Ac­cess pipe­line protest en­camp­ment in south­ern North Dakota will be af­fected. Though many left dur­ing a bliz­zard ear­lier this month, Mor­ton County Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment spokesman Rob Keller said, there could be at least 500 peo­ple still at the camp.

To the east, parts of cen­tral Min­nesota are un­der an ice storm warn­ing. To the west, snow is also fore­cast for much of Idaho, Mon­tana, Utah and north­east Colorado.

The Storm Pre­dic­tion Cen­ter cau­tioned that warm, hu­mid air could cause se­vere weather in the lower Plains, Arkansas and Ok­la­homa on Sun­day.

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