Many Americans may be dreaming of a white Christmas, but it could turn into a travel nightmare for those looking to get out of town for the holidays. Meteorologists predict snowfall could blanket nearly half the nation on Tuesday – from Dallas to Maine – as a massive snowstorm moves from the Great Plains and up into the Northeast.
And Jack Frost is expected to continue nipping at American noses until Saturday.
While children everywhere, both young and young-at-heart, are likely to welcome the snow, the nation’s 87million holiday travelers will likely be less enthusiastic.
Between yesterday and today, the winter storm dubbed ‘Draco’ had delayed 7,367 flights in the U.S. and canceled 317, leaving desperate holiday travelers scrambling to find alternative routes.
The high winds could threaten to delay even more flights at airports in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, meteorologists said. Pittsburgh is expected to take the biggest hit of any major metropolitan area, with 10 to 18 inches possible by Saturday evening.
Western New York, including Buffalo, is looking at up to 14 inches, said Pat Slattery, spokesman for the National Weather Service.
Accuweather is now predicting that ‘significant’ snow will fall in Oklahoma and Arkansas, potentially giving Oklahoma City its first Christmas snowfall since 1914.
Little Rock Arkansas could get up to three inches. That last time more than an inch fell on Christmas Day was 1926.
Even Dallas, Texas, could see flurries for Christmas – though likely no accumulation. The last time Dallas saw snowfall on Christmas Day was 1997 – though a 2009 blizzard left several inches behind on Christmas Eve. source – Daily Mail UK