Storms aren’t tak­ing a hol­i­day

End- of- Thanks­giv­ing travel de­lays ex­pected

USA TODAY International Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Doug Stan­glin

As a strong win­ter storm that dumped a foot of snow around Minneapoli­s weak­ened and moved to the north­east on Thurs­day, a se­cond storm pounded North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, set­ting up the like­li­hood of heavy snow spread­ing across the north­ern tier of the coun­try as trav­el­ers head home at the end of the week­end.

The storm “will pro­duce sig­nificant snow and bliz­zard con­di­tions across the North­ern Plains through Satur­day be­fore mov­ing to the Great Lakes and North­east Sun­day and Mon­day,” the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice said.

Weather Chan­nel fore­cast­ers warned of end- of- hol­i­day travel de­lays from wet or snow- cov­ered roads and flight de­lays be­cause of low pres­sure mov­ing into the East.

While the first sys­tem, which hit early this week, pro­duced mighty gusts across much of the North­east, it fell short in Man­hat­tan, al­low­ing or­ga­niz­ers of the an­nual Macy’s Thanks­giv­ing Day pa­rade to go on with its iconic bal­loons.

Fore­cast­ers said the fad­ing storm was still likely to drop 3 to 6 inches of snow from north­ern New Hamp­shire into north­ern Maine and generate gusty winds in much of the North­east.

Mean­while, the se­cond, pow­er­ful storm in the North­west, which had been dubbed a “bomb cy­clone,” forced the shut­down Wed­nes­day of 100 miles of In­ter­state 5 be­tween Yreka and Red­ding in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia be­cause of cars spin­ning out, ac­cord­ing to Cal­Trans.

Christina Wil­liams of Port­land, Ore­gon, told the Associated Press it took her and her son 17 hours to reach Red­ding, a trip that usu­ally takes seven hours.

“There were spinouts every­where. There were trucks that were aban­doned,” she said. “Ev­ery time we stopped I was like: ‘ Is this it? Are we go­ing to be here overnight?’ ”

A pow­er­ful storm that al­ready pum­meled Cal­i­for­nia was ex­pected to dis­rupt trav­el­ers in the North­east and mid- At­lantic by Sun­day.

CAL­TRANS VIA AP

One hun­dred miles of In­ter­state 5 in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia were shut down on Wed­nes­day.

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