November 24th, 2010
07:45 PM ET

Snow, mixed precipitation challenge travelers

The weather might not cooperate with travelers in the northern Midwest throughout the Thanksgiving holiday. Links in this story should provide continuously updated information about road conditions in your state.

A snowstorm was expected to complicate travel in parts of North Dakota and northern Minnesota on Wednesday night, with accumulations getting as high as 10 inches by Thursday in northeastern Minnesota's Lake Superior region, the National Weather Service said.

A large stretch of the northern United States was under winter weather advisories, stretching from eastern Montana to northern Michigan. Dangerous wind chills and blowing snow were the concern in Montana and southern North Dakota, while mixed and freezing precipitation were possible in parts of South Dakota, Minnesota, northern Iowa, and northern parts of Wisconsin and Michigan Wednesday night into Thursday, the weather service said.

Mixtures of snow, sleet and freezing rain were possible in parts of Pennsylvania and southern New York late Wednesday and early Thursday, while western Maryland and eastern portions of West Virginia were being warned of freezing rain and sleet.

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A storm system was moving across Missouri Wednesday evening, with tornado watches issued in southeastern counties Wednesday night.

Utah on Wednesday afternoon was digging its way out of a Tuesday-night snowstorm. The storm blew from the north to the south, and some areas got up to 6 inches of snow with windy conditions, according to CNN affiliate KSL. The Utah Highway Patrol said it responded to seven injury accidents.

In Seattle, Washington, the temperature dropped to 14 degrees at Sea-Tac Airport, breaking the record set in 1985 when the mercury hit 16 degrees, KOMO reports.

Check the latest conditions  at some of the nation's busiest airports

Everyone should be jealous of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina, which are predicted to have perfect Turkey Day weather. Go ahead and fall asleep on your porch in those Southern states. It's unlikely you'll get rained on.

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  1. Veritas

    Stay safe travelers just take it slow

    November 24, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobby

    i drove home in that crazy blizzard

    November 24, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jer

    Utahn here. This blizzard was one of the most overhyped storms of the century. The entire valley was shut down from fear of the 'Blizzard for the Ages'. Instead, we got the EXPECTED 4-8 inches. 4-8 inches isn't even close enough to warrant a shut down for Utah. Did a bunch of Californian's recently move in or something?

    November 24, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • bwobins

      Jer, you do know that a storm is not classified as a blizzard because of the amount of snow right? Wind speeds contribute to blizzard classification as well

      November 24, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      to bwobins: there were no intense winds! and even 4-8 inches is being generous. I got maybe 2 inches. best part of this article: "Utah was digging its way out of a blizzard". hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. terrible reporting

      November 24, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • jason

      agreed. this story is as overhyped as the prediction. didnt even have to shovel my driveway this morning. i got 3 times more snow from last saturdays non reported storm. for that one i did have to dig out but not much.

      November 24, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThebigChill

      Saskatoon blizzard of 2007. THAT was a storm. What you good'ol boys down south here got seemed like a good day for some shinney to me.

      November 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      Your covertly jealous slur on Californians says a lot more about you than it does about us!

      November 24, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      I'm a Californian, recently moved to east bench in Sandy. Couldn't agree with you more! Hardly any snow here, totally overblown, and your comment about Californians–Amen!

      November 24, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • kbbpll

      Amusing that CNN doesn't even bother to read the link they put in their own article, and choose instead to hype it further. "Wednesday afternoon Utah was digging its way out" – from 2-4 inches of snow. That's more like laughing its way out. Now if this was DC, the whole city would be shut down for a week. Guess we know where the CNN perspective lives.

      November 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Craig Greenwood

    Fellow Utahn here. I agree with Jer. Totally overblown. This was a medium sized snow storm. No intense winds. Pretty normal.

    November 24, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JJ

    hahahaha did the author of this article even visit Utah, or interview anyone who lives in Utah?? This "blizzard" was the biggest joke ever. The schools were shut down pre-emptively and everyone left work early only to wake up to a few meager inches of snow. I didn't even have to shovel my sidewalk. It was over hyped by the media before it happened, and it continues to be over hyped by CNN. nice reporting!

    November 24, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Speedro

      Wow, sorry you are so disappointed oh mouthy one.

      November 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kitty

      What they did was get their STATE wrong. IDAHO got whomped, but they don't even know where we are! Or they think were back by Ohio or somewhere. Only 8-10" here, but the winds have made the roads a disaster. Looking better today though, plows are finally making some headway!

      November 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rin

    Drive safe Shaytards! (:

    November 24, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tem

    That storm was weak, i drove home with my eye's closed. Then i shoveled snow in my underwear. Bring on a noreaster, thats the real deal. Channel 2-4-5-13 over did this..

    November 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sure

    Sounds like what we get in Boston. Any expected snow gets a Severe Weather Warning!, as if it doesn't happen in New England every winter. We don't get weather reports anymore; we get Armageddon reports.

    November 24, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mike Magnus

    I live in SLC,Ut. I can assure everyone, even the media, there was no blizzard in Utah. I have family all throughout this state, and no one said it was anything but normal, average Utah weather. Why the media is fabricating a story like this is beyond me!

    November 24, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Big Rob

    It's FLDS members that have all that going on, not LDS. Big difference.
    I'm from Utah but in Texas now, a lot of my facebook friends kept posting about this big storm but they all seemed disappointed and confused about all the hype in the end as well.

    November 24, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bec

    Obivously none of you were stuck in the airport last night. It was too much blizzard to take off and the airport shut down and flights were severly delayed or cancelled. cache valley got almost 2 feet of snow with 50 mph winds. you people know nothing.

    November 24, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Utah transplant from Boston

    HOW you report a storm is as important as the storm itself. When I looked at the forecast and all it said was "Blizzard", it really leaves you with the expectation of a big storm. In the Sugarhouse area, I got about 4-6 inches. It started out fast and with the early wind it was hard to drive. But the storm was over very quickly and there were never howling winds blowing snow all over like we've had in Boston.

    It would have been more appropriate to describe the snow storm as having occasional blizzard-like conditions, with 4-6 inches expected in the valley with higher snowfalls in higher elevations.

    No surprise that the airport was shut down. It was a really windy day, which can shut down this airport even without snow.

    I'm not complaining about the snowstorm we did get, it was just that it truly was way overhyped. It lasted all of 4 hours...at the most.

    November 24, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Speedro

      Also, if the article is about Utah, why no link to traffic conditions for Utah? Ooops CNN.

      November 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. scooz72

    The big blizzard should have been called a "deep freeze" with a couple inches of snow to go along with it. Wednesday night temp's are supposed to be around 0 if not lower for alot of the state...

    November 24, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rabak amabo

    in florida media always say storm system even when we get 3 drops of rain, they are funny everywhere.

    November 24, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. obxirish

    As a 23 year ex Utah resident, I have to say y'all enjoy your blizzard and snow, I will be sitting on my porch on turkey day enjoying the 70* weather here in N.C.!!!!

    November 24, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
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