A massive storm is set to hit the East Coast later this week, and it could snarl Christmas travel

  • A massive storm is set to hit the East Coast just as Christmas travel begins this weekend.
  • The storm will hit the Southeast on Thursday before impacting the Northeast on Friday.
  • It will likely delay flights and cause highway flooding, and may lead to some neighbourhoods losing power.

A major storm is set to hit the East Coast of the US this weekend, possibly disrupting the plans of millions of people planning to travel just before Christmas.

The storm will hit the Southeast coast on Thursday before continuing to the Northeast on Friday, according to Accuweather predictions. Thunderstorms, rain snow, strong winds, and flooding are expected to cause substantial airline and traffic delays.

More than 102 million people are expected to travel before the holidays, according to survey projections conducted by INRIX and the AAA.

Precipitation map
A map from the National Weather Service that illustrates the expected precipitation across the United States on Friday. National Weather Service

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Rain, winds, and poor visibility from fog will likely cause significant airline delays at major airports in Orlando, Charlotte, New York City, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Newark, and Washington, D.C., according to Accuweather. Delays are expected on highways as well.

The combination of powerful winds and saturated soil may be enough to knock over trees and cause power outages in Florida and New England, according to Accuweather.

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