Blizzard to Paralyze Kansas City, Omaha, Sioux Falls


A full-blown blizzard will incapacitate areas from the central Plains to the Upper Midwest Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, while a wintry mix will reach Chicago, Detroit and major cities in the Northeast.

Central Kansas through eastern Nebraska, eastern South Dakota and Minnesota will take the hardest beating from the snow and wind. More specifically, the worst of the storm will stretch from Omaha, Neb., to Sioux Falls, S.D., to Minneapolis.

A foot and a half of snow, hurricane-force wind gusts, and significant blowing and drifting snow are in store for the hardest-hit areas.

The storm threatens to strand motorists on major interstate highways including: 29, 80 and 90. Travel will be slow and hazardous in the I-25 and I-70 corridors as well.

Due to direct and indirect effects from the storm, thousands of airline passengers could be stuck at major airports during one of the busiest weeks for travel across the nation.

Even north and west of the heaviest snow, high winds, blowing snow and severe cold will cause dangerous conditions across Colorado and western Kansas to the western Dakotas.

Cities to the east of the storm track will also have wintry problems.

A treacherous wintry mix with sleet and freezing rain could ice roadways in Indianapolis, Chicago and Detroit at midweek. An ice storm and flooding could hit the major cities in the East following the Super Saturday Blizzard.

As a result of the storm's effects, ranging from a Plains blizzard to Southern severe storms and Eastern 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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