Travelers brace for flight delays amid threats of winter storm
December 25th, 2010
07:27 AM ET

Travelers brace for flight delays amid threats of winter storm

[Updated at 7:27 a.m.] Some Christmas Day travelers are facing long delays at airports Saturday as the threat of a winter storm - particularly in eastern parts of the United States - led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

Driving and flight conditions could be difficult in several areas of the East as storms intensify into Sunday and Monday.

A Nor'easter is possible Sunday, said CNN meteorologist Bonnie Schneider.

The National Weather Service issued a warning for heavy snow Saturday in the mountain counties of North Carolina not bordering Tennessee, the mountains of South Carolina and Georgia, and the North Carolina foothills. Asheville, North Carolina, was expected to get up to five inches of snow later Saturday.

Heavy rain was reported Saturday morning in Louisiana.

Forecasters also issued a winter storm watch for parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island into Monday. Accumulation of 6 inches of snow in a 12-hour period is possible, according to the weather agency's Boston office.

Beginning Sunday afternoon and through Monday, southern New England could see six to eight inches of snow - with 10 inches possibly falling in some places. In addition, the National Weather Service cautioned about a coastal flood threat for eastern Massachusetts during high tides.

Winter weather advisories stretched as far south as Georgia, with a mix of rain and snow expected in the northern part of the state before the precipitation turns to "all snow" on Saturday evening. Parts of the northeast Georgia mountains could get 2 to 3 inches of snow, forecasters said.

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  1. Cesar

    Why do they call Rhode Island an island when its not an island.

    December 25, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    To the people of the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia, and the East, please bundle up. It's terribly cold. To the people of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, keep away from low areas and wear a raincoat.

    December 25, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Big Joe

    @Cesar: Leave those people alone, you idiot.

    December 26, 2010 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    Why, what's it to you?!!?

    December 26, 2010 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Big Joe

    @Cesar: I have a girl friend in Nashville, TN, on the level.

    December 26, 2010 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |