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November 25, 2013

Winter storm could snarl holiday traffic

CUMBERLAND — A major storm unfolding across the East Coast could cause nightmares for the millions of Thanksgiving holiday travelers, according to AccuWeather.

The winter storm could cause problems in Allegany, Garrett and Mineral counties as well. Cumberland is expected to receive snow, rain, freezing rain and sleet, according to Tom Kines, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather.

“Watch out for slick spots tomorrow,” said Kines on Monday.

Allegany County is under a winter weather advisory until midnight Tuesday for a mix of freezing rain, sleet and a little snow, according to Tim Thomas, National Weather Service observer in Cumberland.

In Allegany County, precipitation is expected to begin early Tuesday.

“It doesn’t look pretty in the next 48 hours,” said Thomas.

Temperatures will dictate what happens Wednesday but snow showers are expected before noon, according to Thomas.

“It’s going to be a wintery mix in the next few days and people should keep an eye on the forecast if traveling. We have a fairly big storm coming up the East Coast down to the metropolitan area,” said Thomas. “Thursday looks good for traveling.”

In Garrett County, a winter storm warning is in effect from 7 a.m. Tuesday to 4 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Four to 8 inches of snow are forecast.

Travellers heading west to Garrett County, West Virginia, western Pennsylvania or eastern Ohio will see enough snow to cause travel issues, said Kines.

There is also a winter weather advisory in effect for Mineral County through 3 p.m Tuesday. Precipitation is expected to start as a period of snow and sleet before changing to freezing rain, according to the weather service. An accumulation of up to an inch of snow and sleet is expected in the morning followed by around a tenth of an inch of freezing rain in the afternoon.

The impending storm could not come at a worst time with AAA projecting 43.4 million travelers during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to AccuWeather. Those traveling east may just see rain but those flying to the Eastern Seaboard may be met with delays due to rain and wind, Kines said.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.

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