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Blustery holiday on tap for U.S. Northeast

Dec. 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Early forecasts call for a white and windy Christmas across the U.S. Northeast and Great Lakes regions and more rain on the West Coast.

AccuWeather.com Sunday issued a pre-holiday forecast that added up to potential trouble for travelers heading for holiday destinations across the United States.

More than 90 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more for the holidays, including a 4.5-percent increase in air travel, which AccuWeather.com said could be impacted by winter storms pushing across the Midwest into the heavily traveled Northeast.

Christmas falls on Tuesday, but the weekend before will likely see a chance of snow that will affect Boston, New York and Philadelphia. "A storm may be moving off the East Coast the weekend before Christmas with lingering precipitation and wind in the Northeast on Saturday," meteorologist Bernie Rayno said. "It looks like there may be snow in New England."

The West Coast could see areas of heavy rain from Oregon to Southern California and snow in the Sierra and Cascades.

The southern states will probably see a more mellow weather pattern with scattered rain and areas of fog that AccuWeather.com said could cause air-travel delays out of Houston and New Orleans.

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