End of Thanksgiving Weekend Could Bring 2 Feet of Snow to Region

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The National Weather Service said the storm was expected to drop 15-30 centimeters of snow from the northern Plains states into Minnesota, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

In Boston, precipitation - a mix of snow and rain - is forecast to start before noon Sunday and continue through Monday night, according to the service.

Forecasters also warned that strong rip currents will make swimming and surfing risky. That's down slightly from the four to eight inches forecast on Friday. Snow will change to rain near the southern parts of the I-95 corridor later on Sunday before shifting back to snow late Monday. Rain is expected In the Mid-Atlantic region, and southern New England will see freezing rain, forecasters say. A significant winter storm arrives for the weekend starting Saturday with snow levels initially in the upper foothills then rising to pass levels by Sunday. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 9 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch are possible, NWS said.

The western part of the country saw the bulk of the issues on Thanksgiving Eve and Thanksgiving Day, as a storm out of the Rocky Mountains pushed east toward the Plains.

The winter storm warning is in effect for Sussex, Warren and Morris counties from 4 a.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. Tuesday.

East of Sacramento, the weekend storm will create travel problems on Intestate 80 over the Sierra and in the high mountains, the Weather Service said.

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The snow is expected to reach the Twin Cities area Friday night into Saturday morning. Airlines for America, the airline industry's trade group, expects 3.1 million passengers during what could be the busiest day ever recorded for American air travel. Just 2 to 4 inches of snow and a light glaze of ice are expected there.

Violent winds and waves off Lake Superior will accompany the storm, with gusts expected to hit 47 miles per hour by 6 p.m. and waves of up to 10 feet in Duluth's Canal Park.

The storms forced temporary road closures from Redding, California to the OR border on Tuesday and Wednesday, reports AP.

Some weather models indicate the city could get as much as 5 inches of snow, while areas west of the city could get anywhere from 8 inches to a foot.

"Snow and sleet can cause significant safety problems by reducing visibility and making it hard to safely maneuver or stop, but by being vigilant behind the wheel, motorists can help to reduce the number of crashes and fatalities", Casselano said.

The weather will quiet down early next week.