Winter Storm Boreas Threatens Thanksgiving, Hanukkah Plans

The East Coast can expect heavy rain, sleet and snow this Thanksgiving.

Workers with Duncan Tree Service remove a tree that fell on a car Sunday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Odessa, Texas, after a blast of Arctic air brought freezing rain, sleet and snow to the West. The storm, which is expected to hit snarl Thanksgiving travel in the Mid-Atlantic, has been blamed for eight deaths and has disrupted hundreds of flights thus far.

Workers with Duncan Tree Service remove a tree that fell on a car Sunday in Odessa, Texas, after a blast of Arctic air brought freezing rain, sleet and snow to the West. The storm, which is expected to hit snarl Thanksgiving travel in the mid-Atlantic, has been blamed for eleven deaths and has disrupted hundreds of flights thus far.

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A fierce winter storm that has wrecked havoc on some western states is expected to cause major headaches along the East Coast on the biggest travel days of the year.

At least 11 deaths have been attributed to the severe conditions of sleet and snow as a result of the storm.

"It's just really cold. We had drizzle but no snow," Courtney O'Neal-Walden, a resident living in Mount Ida, Ark., told AP News. "You can see (ice) on the power lines but the roads are fine," she said.

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The number of canceled flights from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has declined from 300 flights on Sunday to 200 flights on Monday.

Though the Midwest is beginning to feel relief from the storm the Weather Channel has dubbed Boreas, the East Coast is just about to feel its wrath.

 

Sleet and heavy rain is the forecast for much of the South according to Weather.com. According to CNN, temperatures along the East Coast are 15 to 20 degrees below normal and will remain that way through the remainder of the storm, which could cause travel complications when mixed with rain.

The storm seems to have picked up moisture as it moves east and is expected to turn into freezing rain Tuesday evening when it reaches the Appalachians. It is predicted to join with another storm system on Wednesday, with snow expected for the Appalachians and parts of the Northeast, Weather.com reported. As much as 5 to 8 inches of snow is in the forecast for parts of New York.

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A winter weather advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for Washington D.C. and surrounding areas. National Weather Service Meteorologist John Robinson told AP News that storm warnings were in effect in most parts of the eastern half of the U.S. through Wednesday afternoon.

Ice is "probably the biggest problem for this storm," CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

About 600 flights across the U.S. were canceled on Monday alone, with many more delayed, FlightAware.com reported.

"If people traveling can get out before then, or wait until afterward, that would be the best thing," Kevin Roth, lead meteorologist for the Weather Channel, told NBC News.

However, by Thanksgiving the storm is expected to have reached eastern Canada, with minor gusts of winds lingering in the Northeast.

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