Bad timing: Storms across nation snag holiday travel


No Thanksgiving blizzard is on the horizon for Minnesotans as we head over the river and through the woods, but the Associated Press warns that a massive storm system could create a cascade of problems with cancelled or delayed flights across the nation's busy air travel system.

According to KARE, it will be cold and crisp throughout the state, with no precipitation in the forecast to slow travel. Tuesday will see single-digit wind chills, with gusty frigid winds. Expect temperatures to push into the twenties on Wednesday and Thursday.

On The Updraft, MPR's weather blog, a warning about wintry weather in northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where lake-effect snow is expected on Wednesday, perhaps piling up as much as a foot.

Elsewhere, that massive storm that started in the west is blamed for at least 11 deaths in the southwest and Texas, and led to nearly 300 flight cancellations at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Monday. Travelers heading to the northeast and to mid-Atlantic states on Tuesday and Wednesday will want to keep an eye on the Weather Channel; the National Weather Service expects the storm to intensify and will almost certainly upset travel as it moves eastward. Some of the country's busiest airports, including those in Atlanta, New York and Washington, D.C. are in the storm's path.

KSTP checked in at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Tuesday morning and found no delays or cancellations, but a spokeswoman warned that as a hub, flights could feel the ripple effect if snags develop elsewhere.

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