‘Bomb cyclone’ and Midwest snow snarl travel for millions

The National Weather Service is expecting a

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Two winter storms blasted parts of the United States on Wednesday, disrupting travel plans for millions of Americans who typically jam the country's highways and airports to visit family and friends over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

We are in for a dry, but chilly holiday across the Denver metro area.

Most of the showers are projected to taper off by Thanksgiving afternoon, and we're expecting to stay dry on Friday.

More snow is expected as a powerful storm pounding the Rockies with blizzard conditions slowly moves out of Colorado and into the Plains and Upper Midwest.

All while another storm will hit the West Coast with hurricane-force winds and rainfall and the California and Nevada mountains with heavy snow, promising more travel disruptions on the busiest travel days of the year.

In Arizona, the National Weather Service said it expected travel conditions to be "difficult to impossible" from late afternoon Thursday through Friday morning.

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A silver lining was that rain doused the Cave Fire in Santa Barbara County, which charred 7 square miles of brush and woodlands.

"The densely populated areas are going to be fine in both cases", said Hurley.

A record-setting number of travelers are expected over the Thanksgiving holiday-indeed, the Sunday after Turkey Day, December 1, is expected to be the busiest day ever for USA airlines-but the weather is not exactly cooperating.

Southwest Airlines canceled about 200 flights.

Margaret Moir, 67, had just arrived at LaGuardia from Detroit, for a weekend in NY with a girlfriend.

"I am not like a lot of people and can not work from home, so I have no choice but to go", she said.

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Some travellers like Cristina Galvan tweeted that they arrived early, only to have to wait for hours as around 30 flights were delayed.

On their agenda for the weekend was watching the Macy's parade from their Times Square hotel room, before heading to the upscale Bergdorf Goodman department store for turkey. Each of the 16 giant character balloons has a risk profile depending on the size and weight. "Of all the trucks and vehicles that spun out almost all did not put on their chains as they were required to do", he said in a statement. One system pounded Western states with rain and snow, while an East Coast storm dumped snow as its high winds knocked out power.

The NWS said a "bomb cyclone" is headed for Northern California and the southern tip of Oregon. Valley areas will climb back into the low to mid 50's for the start of next week.

A bomb cyclone, otherwise known as "explosive cylcogenesis", is essentially a weather system that experiences a rabid pressure decrease that brings strong winds and precipitation. Waves on Lake Michigan and Huron could be as high as 15 feet with Lake Superior as high as 27 feet!

Christina Williams and her 13-year-old son, who live in Portland, Oregon, got stuck in the storm as they tried to drive to the San Francisco area for Thanksgiving.

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