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.

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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. Verl

    I think it depends on where you were in Utah...
    Up in Cache Valley (Northern Utah) we had 50 – 60 mph gusts and white out conditions that lasted for a few hours. I shoveled at least a foot of snow from my driveway this morning...

    November 24, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Doug

    And here we sit in Alaska with rain and ice. The temperature is a balmy 39 above right now in Anchorage.

    This sucks!

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

      Sara must B home

      November 24, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    Maybe the idi0t Mormons will stay home for a while and stop coming to my door on Saturday morning asking if I want to join their stupid cult of magic underwear.

    November 24, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • djohn

      What is the character of a man that mocks the beliefs held sacred by another. No matter what those beliefs.
      signed non-mormon.

      November 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • j

      Maybe you are in the wrong state. Better than Muslims knocking on your door with an rpg for Christmas. Mormans look that much more appealing now a days

      November 24, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Speedro

    Salt Lake City basically got missed by the storm. The northern parts of Utah and southern Idaho received longer duration winds, higher gusts and more snow. Here in SLC, the storm did not create really any problems and did not live up to the expected scale. I still worked from home today anyway though! Just because I can.

    November 24, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Speedro

    Skiing tomorrow will be siiicccckkk!!!

    November 24, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Harold K.

    Where's the global warming now??

    November 24, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BEGAY..

    YA'LL ARE WACK YOO....SOME OF U TALKIN CRAP LIKE YA'LL DONT HAVE A LIFE....IM FROM UTAH WEST VALLEY AND WE GOT 15" OF SNOW.... AND YEA IS WAS MAD CRAZY OUT THERE HA..... IT IS WHAT IT IS FOOLS "801 BABY" I LOVE UTAH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA IN UR FACE!!!!

    November 24, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jow

    Why is it news whenever it snows in places that it snows every year?

    I live in Seattle and we just got an unusual amount of snow not typical for this region this early, or hardly ever at all. Although, Seattle would have to be nuked to make it on to CNN.

    November 24, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • LinzeeLou

      I didn't even think about that part of the ridiculousness of the news of our "Blizzard." We get MUCH worse than this was every few years. We got about 5-10 inches in the valley, which is what I consider normal for a single storm.

      November 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BEGAY..

    AND THIS SUBJECT IS ABOUT THE WEATHER NOT LDS LOL....CRAZY....YO

    November 24, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Coval

    There was no blizzard in Utah. The media hyped it, everybody fell for it, and CNN is still exaggerating it.

    November 24, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lavoc

    College students and their parents hyped it to get themselves out of school and home for Thanksgiving early. And
    the college presidents bought it. I'm in Utah and saw it first hand.

    November 24, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. EL CID

    Michael,
    Why such venom? Are you that unhappy that you have to blog a comment like that on a weather event site.

    November 24, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeanette

    Compared to the blizzards before global warming, this one was pretty mild. Because of the weather reports, I expected to be snowed in for a couple of days, at least. It blew through in about four hours. We need more snow to be able to build a really good snow man.

    I'm in Northern Utah, close to the Idaho border.

    November 24, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeanette

    Well, Media, you gave us Utahns something to talk about besides each other. Still wasn't much of a blizzard.

    November 24, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. D-Will

    You guys from the SLC area need to calm down. This storm was a whiteout for hours in northern utah and I shoveled 18 inches of snow of my drive. Utah does span from Logan to St. George so we know ALL of Utah didn't suffer from this blizzard.

    November 24, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
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