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Winter Storm Expected to Delay Travel Across Country on Sunday After Thanksgiving

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Winter storm to slap Michigan with freezing rain, heavy snow and ice

Delays were starting to build Saturday at major airports including Denver, Minneapolis and Chicago's O'Hare International, according to the FlightAware website.

The northern parts of the region and eastern Catskills should see 10 to 30 inches of snow, with the higher totals coming from the higher elevations.

Two boys, ages 5 and 8, died Saturday near Patton, Missouri, when the vehicle they were riding in was swept off flooded roads. A storm-related death was also reported in South Dakota.

Rain will stretch from coastal areas in the Northeast to farther south where it will be accompanied by thunderstorms and strong wind gusts, the weather service said.

Almost the entire lengths of both Wyoming interstates were closed Saturday.

West Michigan has seen a mix of rain and snow throughout the morning and now we have made that transition to full snow showers for our communities north of I-96.

"Travel conditions will become unsafe, if not impossible", according to a city news release, with a blizzard warning throughout the weekend and wind gusts expected to be over 40 miles per hour. This ice could form during a storm system bringing winds higher than 30 miles per hour, which raises the issue of possible power outages and hazardous driving conditions.

Major interstates in Colorado that closed Saturday also were reopened by Sunday morning.

The Duluth Transit Authority announced early Sunday that it was canceling bus service for the day because of the poor road conditions.

Wintry weather bedeviled Thanksgiving weekend travelers across the United States on Saturday as a powerful and unsafe storm moved eastward, dumping heavy snow from parts of California to the northern Midwest and inundating other areas with rain.

A satellite image Thursday shows the continental US covered by heavy cloud cover as storm systems dumped rain and snow in many regions. Most of the snow in the forecast is expected to fall late Sunday night and Monday, according to the winter weather message.

The Gila County Sheriff's Office said Saturday four other children and two adults who were in the vehicle swept away in Tonto Creek have been rescued from a small island and the bank of the creek in Tonto National Park northeast of Phoenix.

"The potential for ice accumulations and power outages tonight through Sunday is increasing with the greatest risk in the yellow dashed area".

He said weather would be among several factors reviewed by NTSB investigators, and inclement weather was making travel to the crash site hard.

Winter Storm Warning=Pink. Winter Weather Advisory=Purple.

High winds and ice are expected to make travel nearly impossible in some places.

As Sunday's storm approached, hardy New Englanders made sure to prepared, even if they weren't really that anxious.

Forecasters warn that people traveling throughout the weekend should be aware of the storm's effects.

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