Storms, rain and wind make post-Thanksgiving travel difficult

Winter storm to slap Michigan with freezing rain, heavy snow and ice

Wintry Mix, Rain and Snow in the Weekend Forecast

The Lehigh Valley can expect an onslaught of snow, sleet, and ice Sunday followed by a possible lull and more snow on Monday, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service.

Dozens of auto crashes and hundreds of vehicle spinouts occurred Friday night and Saturday morning in the metro area as sleet, snow, rain and wind hit the region. Boston is projected to get between 3 and 6 inches of snow, but Mayor Marty Walsh says schools will be open on Monday.

It also led to a 25-vehicle pileup on Interstate 68 in Garrett County, Maryland, about 20 miles from the state's border with West Virginia. State police said heavy fog created limited visibility in the area and the National Weather Service said there was winter storm advisory for that area.

The major winter storm slamming the Northeast today has shifted to the west from earlier forecasts, pushing more snow into Central New York and the Finger Lakes than previously predicted.

The storm system follows one that arrived Wednesday night, bringing high winds and power outages to thousands of homes and up to a foot of snow in northern Maine.

The city of Duluth issued a no-travel advisory Saturday amid a heavy snowstorm that's expected to drop more than a foot of snow on the North Shore by midday Sunday.

Hunterdon, Somerset and Mercer counties are now under a winter storm warning, joining Sussex, Warren, Passaic, Morris and western Bergen counties. Some parts of the Finger Lakes could get up to 15 inches of snow.

"The amount of the population under a warning, advisory or watch is extensive - it's in the millions", said Meteorologist Brian Hurley at the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center.

Winter storm Ezekiel first entered the West Coast on November 26 when it hit southern OR and northwest California as a bomb cyclone, the Weather Channel reported.

The National Weather Service expects significant travel impacts across wide swaths of the US this weekend as the storm is chased by a second weather system. Traffic was heavy, but Interstate 5 was open in both directions as holiday travelers headed home. South of Boston, under eight inches is expected.

Airports with the most canceled flights included San Francisco International Airport with 78 and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey with 60, according to FlightAware.

At Denver International Airport, there were 100 flights canceled Saturday because of high winds. Officials always suggest you check ahead with your airline before coming out to the airport.

The Weather Channel predicted that snowfall will likely impact travel from the central Appalachians to upstate NY and parts of western and northern New England on Monday. Wells College is also closed Monday. "Severe travel disruptions are likely for many of these areas".

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