A storm now entering the Northwest will strengthen upon reaching the Plains and is set to incapacitate areas from the central Plains to the Upper Midwest on and prior to the Christmas holiday.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists are concerned a major blizzard will paralyze areas from central Kansas to northern Wisconsin and Minnesota Christmas Eve into Christmas Day.
Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller states that the worst of the storm will stretch from Omaha, Neb., to Minneapolis, Minn.
The storm could bring these and other areas on the Plains up to a foot and a half of snow with plunging temperatures, hurricane force gusts and massive drifts.
The storm threatens to strand motorists on major interstate highways and airline passengers at airports during a busy week for travel across the nation.
Even north and west of the heaviest snow, high winds, blowing snow and severe cold will cause dangerous conditions from eastern Colorado and western Kansas to the Dakotas.
East of the storm track, a dangerous wintry mix and ice will cause major problems from Kansas City, Chicago and Detroit at midweek to Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C., by Christmas.
As a result of the storm's effects ranging from a Plains blizzard to South severe thunderstorms and East ice and flooding, millions of people will be "scrooged" by the weather this week and beyond as Joe Bastardi's "December to remember" continues.
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