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Thanksgiving travel nightmare as blizzard hits Utah, threatens Midwest

Bryan Alaspa's picture

On the busiest travel day of the year, the residents of Utah and those traveling to Utah are in the midst of a travel nightmare. A blizzard has hit the state, snarling roads and tying up air traffic in and out of Salt Lake City.

The storm is predicted to keep moving east, threatening areas of the Midwest as the Thanksgiving holiday weekend continues. The storm has come from the northern regions, headed south, according to the weather service. The state of Utah seems to be taking the brunt of the storm currently, with Utah authorities saying the blizzard has been blamed for nine accidents so far.

Snowfall likely across large area

The state of Minnesota is also threatened. The forecast for tonight in that state is for freezing rain, sleet and snow. Also in the risk zone are parts of Michigan and Wisconsin. There are also chances for snow in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and even northeastern Missouri.

The storm is currently inching its way across some southern states such as Arkansas. Also Oklahoma and some parts of Texas. In those areas high winds, hail, severe thunderstorms and the risk of tornadoes was high. The winds are also expected to accelerate as the storm moves east, with threatening winds possible in eastern states such as New York and the New England region.

The storm had come ashore earlier in the week. Seattle was one of the first major cities to be hit with significant snowfall and storms. When the storm hit that area the temperature dropped down to 14 degrees at Sea-Tac airport, which broke a record there going back to 1985.

If travelers are looking for states predicted to have good Thanksgiving Day weather, they would be advised to head south. Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina are predicted to have sun and warm temperatures.

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