A “once in a generation” winter storm threatens to paralyze Christmas travel. A bomb cyclone could trigger bitter cold and blizzard-like conditions that would devastate parts of the country ahead of the bank holiday weekend.
Vacation travel is already severely affected
Commercial airlines canceled an estimated 3,300 flights in the United States as of Thursday, according to the tracking site Flight Radar24. According to this, more than 2,400 flights planned for Friday have already been cancelled FlightAware. Chicago O’Hare, Chicago Midway International Airport and Denver International Airport recorded the most canceled flights.
Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas are typically two of the busiest travel days of the year. According to transportation security managementthere were 2.58 million travelers on Christmas Eve last year and 2.57 million travelers the day after Christmas.
The American Automobile Association estimates 112.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2 — an increase of 3.6 million people from a year ago and nearly the pre-pandemic number. Nearly 102 million Americans will travel by car this holiday season.
Air and road traffic could be paralyzed by winter storms across the country.
Amtrak called off several train services in the Midwest due to the massive winter storm.
The country is preparing for a “unique” winter storm
The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Buffalo warned“This storm, which occurs only once in a generation, will generate strong winds east of Lake Ontario Thursday night through Friday morning, then across greater coverage of our region Friday through Saturday. Winds could blow in excess of 65 miles per hour, which would result in at least a scattered force outages, if not widespread outages.”
The National Weather Service reported“A large and anomalous storm system is expected to bring a variety of weather hazards through early this weekend as heavy snow, strong winds and dangerously cold temperatures spread from the northern Great Basin across the Plains, upper Midwest, Great Lakes and … the northern/ central Appalachia.”
The NWS warned some areas could be hit by “record-breaking cold air”, power outages, heavy snowfall and blizzards with wind gusts in excess of 60mph that “can bring travel to a halt”.
Blizzard warnings apply to parts of the Dakotas, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Montana.
Kasper, Wyoming, set a new record temperature on Thursday of minus 42 degrees.
CNN reported, “More than 90 million people are under winter weather warnings and more than 87 million are under wind chill warnings.”
There are wind chill alerts, clocks and advisories in 36 states from Washington to Florida. Wind chill temperatures in the northernmost regions of the United States could reach 70 degrees below zero.
The National Weather Service said exposure to the life-threatening cold wind showers could cause frostbite, hypothermia and even death.
Bomb hurricanes could paralyze travel
Meteorologists fear bomb cyclones could be active. A bomb cyclone is a Storm which increases enormously and quickly – the pressure drops by 24 millibars within 24 hours.
The Weather Channel reported, “Winter Storm Elliott is strengthening into a probable bomb cyclone as it sweeps through the Plains, Midwest and Great Lakes with snow and high winds, including snowstorm conditions for some.”
“The storm is expected to become a bomb cyclone Thursday night through Friday, reaching the pressure equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane as it advances into the Great Lakes,” it said CNN.
Winter storms have already raged in Denver set a record high of 24 degrees in just seven minutes on Wednesday afternoon. The temperature dropped 30 degrees in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 10 minutes. In three minutes there was a drop of 26 degrees in Dillion, Montana.
Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Minneapolis and St. Louis are under winter storm warnings for heavy snow and near-blizzard conditions.
south to feel freezing temperatures
Snow could fall as far north as Jackson, Mississippi, on Thursday; Nashville, Tennessee; and Birmingham, Alabama. Wind chill temperatures are expected to drop to minus 11 degrees in Nashville and Atlanta on Saturday morning, and Birmingham is expected to hit minus 5 degrees.
are meteorologists predict that several areas in Florida could reach freezing or near-freezing temperatures this weekend – making it the coolest Christmas in 30 years. tampa can experience the second coldest Christmas ever.
state of emergency declared
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp explained A state of emergency was declared Wednesday in preparation for “historic low temperatures,” as did Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice.
President Joe Bidendevices“I encourage everyone, everyone, please heed local warnings. So far we have tried to contact 26 governors in the affected regions. Visit weather.gov for more information. This is not like a snowy day when you were a kid. This is serious stuff.”
https://www.theblaze.com/news/winter-storm-bomb-cyclone-blizzard Winter storms and bomb storms can paralyze Christmas trips