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Snowstorm on Thanksgiving Day Is Being Predicted for Midwest

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A family struggles to push a stroller through snow in Nederland, Colorado. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking)

By    |   Tuesday, 24 Nov 2015 09:19 AM

A Thanksgiving Day snowstorm is predicted for the nation's Midwest, affecting a swath of states from Wyoming to Michigan.

The Weather Channel said the western storm system could bring snow, sleet and freezing rain with a blast of cold air behind it as far north as Michigan's Upper Peninsula, northern Wisconsin, central Minnesota, western to central Nebraska, South Dakota, along with northwest Kansas, Wyoming and Colorado.

WCCO-TV reported Minneapolis residents could see fresh snow dumped on them on Thanksgiving, making things messy for Black Friday shoppers on Friday morning. While meteorologists expect "a few inches" in Minneapolis, residents in northwestern Minnesota could get up to a half-foot of snow by Friday.

WCCO-TV meteorologist Matt Brickman said the precipitation will start as rain on Wednesday before temperatures drop, turning it into sleet and then snow.

KCCI-TV in Des Moines said that the National Weather Service is predicting a "wintry mix" and rain and ice on Thursday for Iowa, turning into all snow by Thursday night as temperatures tumble to the 30s.

"Rain will slowly transition to snow in the west and northwestern counties (of Iowa) during the late morning or early afternoon hours," said KCCI-TV. "Central and southeastern counties will see the transition during the evening hours and overnight into Friday morning. Snow and ice accumulations appear light at this point."

KMTV in Omaha also predicted rain with a wintry mix on Thursday with light snow on Friday.

The Weather Channel said snow could impact Denver International Airport and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Thanksgiving while airports in Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Milwaukee and St. Louis could be slowed by low clouds and rain.

Snow has already caused havoc in the Midwest. O'Hare International Airport saw more than 240 flights canceled Sunday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, after the city suffered its second largest snowstorm on record for November.

Some 11.2 inches of snow fell at the airport from Friday to Saturday, second only behind the Nov. 24-25 in 1985 when 12 inches of snow fell over that period, noted the Sun-Times.


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