Massive U.S. storm impacting holiday driving, air travel | will it snow in florida

ALBANY — Leaving home for the holidays? Prepare to have travel plans derailed, either because of locally heavy rain and icy conditions, or because of flight and train delays due to the storm bringing blizzard-like conditions to the Midwest. 

The National Weather Service of Albany is alerting travelers of potential treacherous driving conditions due to severe weather incited by a massive storm, dubbed a “bomb cyclone,” that is expected to hit the Midwest before moving toward the Eastern Seaboard in the coming days.

Meteorologist Joe Villani says the biggest concern for travelers in the Capital Region is the rapidly falling temperatures Friday afternoon that could cause wet conditions on roadways to freeze up fairly fast in what’s known as a “flash freeze” situation. “It’s fairy unusual around here,” he added.

His advice to travelers is to leave as early as possible, preferably Wednesday or Thursday morning, to avoid the worst of the winter storm. If that’s not an option, those driving should identify which conditions they feel most comfortable contending with. For example, “(Thursday) night, we’ll have the rainy snow mix and the heavy rain could cause poor visibility and hydroplaning,” he explained.

Because of the hazardous to dangerous driving conditions impacting a large portion of western New York, which is expected to get heavy snow Friday instead of rain, the state Thruway Authority is urging drivers to check regional forecasts before travelling and adjust their plans accordingly.

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