After a massive winter storm front rolls in on Thursday and Friday, the snow predicted for a large swath of the country will likely stick around and make it a white Christmas for many.
However, up to a foot of snow or more in some areas is sure to make holiday travel difficult.
Between two and four feet of snow has already covered much of the Western mountain region this week, with more snow predicted for later this week and early next week throughout Utah, Washington, and Oregon, as well as parts of central and northern California.
Areas of Arizona are likely to see snow Christmas morning, according to AccuWeather
Expert Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews. "Flagstaff could have around half of a foot of snow left on the ground by Christmas Day," he said on Thursday.
The largest section of the U.S. that will be hit by Thursday's storm is the Midwest, with the heaviest snowfall hitting North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan and northern Illinois and Indiana.
According to Accuweather Meteorologist Meghan Evans, blizzard conditions will engulf midwestern cities like Omaha, Neb., and Green Bay, Wis., beginning Thursday and continuing into Friday.
A cold front will move across the Great Lakes over the weekend and extend into next week, giving any snow that falls in the region this week significant staying power due to the frigid temperatures.
In the Northeast, parts of New England and northern New York are likely to see snow this week, which is likely to remain until Christmas, though the remainder of the region will not. Similarly, the Mid-Atlantic corridor isn’t expected to have snow on Christmas Day, said Evans, meaning residents in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia probably will have a snowless Christmas.
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