Winter Storms Create Treacherous Travel Across Much of America

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Snow and ice created treacherous travel for much of the country Monday, as millions of Americans embarked on the journey back home from their holiday weekend or returned to work.

Gusty winds on Monday blew snow and created near-zero visibility across the northern Great Plains, where heavy snow fell at a rate of up to one inch per hour on Christmas Day. Officials issued no-travel warnings for much of North Dakota.

There were power outages, too. The South Dakota Rural Electric Association said more than 12,000 customers were without power Monday morning.

The storm will gradually weaken over the Plains before marching on to the Northeast, where freezing rain advisories were issued for central Pennsylvania, central New York, and much of New England. Morning ice in the Northeast turned to rain by Monday afternoon and was forecast to end early Tuesday.

A handful of flights — just under 300 — were canceled in the U.S. by Monday afternoon, while more than 2,100 were delayed. In many places, the bigger concern was traveling by car.

“Stay put,” National Weather Service meteorologist Greg Gust, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, told the Associated Press. “Between the ice and snow, and winds howling like crazy, there will be nothing moving” until late afternoon Monday.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Elizabeth Chuck