Winter Weather Disrupts Holiday Travel for Millions

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Major winter storms are currently hitting the west causing travel delays due to snowy and icy conditions for most travelers in over a dozen states.

According to the AAA, about 100 million people will be hitting the roads during this holiday season, which runs through January 2nd, while another 6 million will be flying out of major airports already plagued with delays.

Flight delays caused by snowy conditions and ice are already occurring in Chicago and Minneapolis, and the area from central South Dakota to central Minnesota and northern Wisconsin will experience a wintry mix with periods of freezing rain.

According to Daily Mail, “The FlightAware tracking website listed more than 202 cancelled flights on Friday within, into, or out of the U.S. and 3,031 flight delays.”

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                              Los Angeles, California

Delays in Los Angeles on the roadways and at the airport are a result of rain and low clouds.

Snow and blizzard conditions have been forecast from the Rocky Mountains to the northern Midwest on Christmas Eve, with even more severe weather in the middle of the U.S. by Christmas Day.

A blizzard watch is in effect in the Dakotas, with an overall winter storm watch for  the midwest areas of the U.S. from Montana to Lake Superior.

The Minnesota Vikings football team fell victim to the icy weather when their plane skidded off a runway Friday night in Wisconsin. The team flew into Appleton International Airport before their game against the Green Bay Packers, when the accident occurred at around 5:10pm.

The plane landed safely then just skidded off the runway as they were taxiing to the airport. The team was stranded, along with the other passengers on the plane, for three hours. No one was hurt.

Jet skidded of runway in Wisconsin with Minnesota Vikings football team aboard

Jet skidded of runway in Wisconsin with Minnesota Vikings football team aboard

An hour after the incident an official tweet stated, “While taxiing after a safe landing, the team plane slid off the runway and became stuck.” One of the plane’s wheels slipped off the runway according to a news report.

Green Bay Packers fans were so worried about the game being affected by the weather, they “flooded the stadium on Thursday to clear the pitch of snow ahead of Saturday’s game”, according to a local news station.

Fans were handed shovels and $10 per hour to clear the way for the team, however many probably would have done it for free.

As you travel south, there will be less severe weather conditions because the air is warmer and more stable.

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