Storm system pushing through Midwest to bring swath of steady snow

A storm system pushing through the Midwest Sunday will bring with it a swath of steady snow. Periods of snow will reach from Missouri and southeastern Iowa to Michigan and western Pennsylvania and New York by later in the day. 

Meteorologist Kylee Miller said widespread snow is expected to roll in across lower portions of Michigan. 

“This snow is going to be accumulating,” she said. “It is going to give enough for a coating on the ground, and it will make travel a little bit dangerous.”

Miller projected Metro Detroit receive between one to two inches of snow from Christmas Eve night into Christmas morning.

On the southern extent of the storm, near the Kentucky-Tennessee border and into West Virginia, it will be warm enough for rain to mix in and keep accumulations down. 

A lingering front along the Southeast coast will bring rain for eastern North Carolina and a shower or two across South Carolina, southeastern Georgia and north-central Florida. A new storm in the Northwest will produce rain west of the Cascades from Washington to Northern California, with afternoon snow stretching as far east as central Idaho.

A record number of Americans are traveling for the holidays. According to AAA, more than 107 million Americans will be away from home between Saturday and New Year’s Day. That includes more than 97 million who will be on the road.

With less than 48 hours left before Christmas, icy conditions were complicating commutes for drivers across the Northeast and the Midwest, CBS News’ Jamie Yuccas reported.

At Burlington International in Vermont, snow blanketed runways. In Massachusetts, one commuter found a silver lining: “At least we’ll have a white Christmas, it’s good for the grandkids!”

According to AAA, 97 million travelers will drive to their destinations between Dec. 23 and Jan. 1. That’s up nearly 3 million compared to last year. Air travel is expected to increase just over 4 percent to 6.4 million fliers.

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