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Fog, Rain, Ice and Snow to Hinder Early Christmas Travel

Several storms will produce troublesome conditions across much of US
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013
Wintry Weather
A tree is encrusted in ice early Sunday, Dec.17, 2013, in Langhorne, Pa., after an overnight storm. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Several storms will produce areas of rain, ice and snow with areas of dense fog which can cause trouble for travelers over the Central, Eastern and Northwestern states beginning Friday and continuing into the week of Christmas.

The atmosphere will change gears over the next week to a pattern that will briefly send warmer air into the eastern third of the nation.

The warmth will mean no snow or ice problems for millions of people in the South, Ohio Valley, mid-Atlantic and southeastern New England. However, that warmth will also be accompanied by episodes of rain and fog that can still lead to travel delays.

According to chief meteorologist Elliot Abrams, "Conditions will be favorable for extensive fog to form with the warmup, even in the absence of heavy rain."

The fog could settle over long stretches of highways and delay flights for hours at some major airports.

On Friday, one storm will spread some rain and drizzle from the Ohio Valley to the central Appalachians and southern New England. Because of a cold ground, fog may form with or without snow cover and affect the cities of the cities of Pittsburgh, New York and Boston.

Farther north, from that same Friday storm, some snow and a wintry mix will reach eastward across from parts of Michigan to upstate New York and northern New England. While snowfall with this system will be considered to be minor, enough can fall to cause slippery roads.

Showers and patchy fog will also reach from the central Gulf Coast to the southern Appalachians with that system Friday and Saturday.

A storm will affect the Northwest Friday into Saturday. That storm will bring some coastal rain and fog in Washington and Oregon, including Seattle and Portland, Ore. Snow changing to rain and fog will affect the passes in the Cascades for a time. Enough snow can fall over the passes in the northern Rockies into the first part of the weekend to slow travel, including along I-90.

Yet another storm is forecast to become the major weather maker prior to Christmas over the eastern half of the nation spanning Saturday to Monday.

A large swath of precipitation will develop Saturday over the South Central states and is projected to expand northeastward to New England later in the weekend and then slice eastward across the South and mid-Atlantic into Monday.

Within most of this area, rain will fall thanks to a surge of warmer air.

The rain can become heavy enough to cause urban flooding. Cities that have a chance of heavy rain include Dallas, Memphis, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City and Boston. With the rain will come with the potential for episodes of dense fog.

A zone of ice and snow is likely to develop on the northwestern fringe of the rain area. How close this gets to major airport hubs, such as Oklahoma City, Chicago, Detroit and St. Louis is uncertain at this time.

There is also a risk of severe thunderstorms in part of the south from the second storm.

According to AccuWeather.com severe weather expert Henry Margusity, "We could be looking at a severe weather outbreak including a few tornadoes beginning from central and eastern Texas to the lower Mississippi Valley with this second storm Saturday into Sunday."

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In the wake of the second storm with its rain, fog, ice and snow will follow a push of chilly air. While this is not likely to be as cold as some prior Arctic outbreaks thus far, it may get cold enough to cause wet areas to freeze.

Details on the exact location of rain, versus snow and ice, and accompanying fog on a day-to-day basis will be released on AccuWeather.com as they become available.

A larger version of this map can be viewed father below within the story.

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Well xmas should be every day
the thought of having to buy presents for xmas is scarey and stupid.
most people get stupid gifts that they are then afraid to give away
cause they forgot who gave it to them and don't want to give the giver back there gift.
so it sits in a closet for a couple of years and is then donated to charity
what a waste
I give gifts for poeple whenever I see some thing I think is them.
I give it to them then and tell them it is there xmas gift b'day gift or just a gift.
I give it to them right away cause if not it clutters up my life more and I caan't find it when I see them!!!!!!!!!
so that's the story

December 18 2013 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr seems really problem weather on or off when get snow or rain people get stuck travel and spend time for christmas ho ho

December 17 2013 at 9:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Johnson


December 17 2013 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

hi people,
dont need to shopping at christmas,
remind keep away avoid from heavy bills, credit cards, debts, problems,
christmas is the foolish around and can cause shoppers more problems,
same as black friday after thanksgiving,
forget it about christmas gifts,
not important and not worth it,
time to do is bills, foods, water, check all any budgets be right on time,
be wise, people,
remember santa claus is a fake HOAX man and not pay his own budgets

December 17 2013 at 4:00 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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December 17 2013 at 4:40 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Stryyder56's comment

Sounds Asian to me

December 17 2013 at 5:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down

you sure do not have christ in you

December 17 2013 at 9:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Best of luck to everyone in getting where you're going safely, and a very Merry Christmas to all.

December 17 2013 at 3:37 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Yeah big deal, is is suppose to be cold and snowy unless you live in Southern California.
I live in the UP of Michigan and we have over 2 feet of snow now .

December 17 2013 at 3:36 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to aat9bq's comment

That's cute. We had that this morning in Alaska.

December 18 2013 at 12:20 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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