US travelers face dangerous conditions as both coasts get pummeled with severe weather

By Christina Maxouris and Holly Yan |

Thousands of post-Thanksgiving travelers are stranded as heavy
snowfall pounds the Northeast and a treacherous storm drenches much
of the West Coast.

More than 50 million people are under some kind of winter
weather alert through Monday afternoon, CNN meteorologist Dave
Hennen said.

More than 200
flights to or from US airports
have been canceled for Monday,
and more than 1,000 flights have been delayed so far on Monday.
Many US airlines, including
, American,

, are offering waivers for passengers who want to
change or cancel their flights.

For many parts of the country, expect the weather to get worse
before it gets better.

2 inches of snow an hour

Parts of New England could be covered by a foot of snow by
Tuesday, CNN meteorologist Rob Shackelford said.

Albany, New York, about 150 miles north of New York City, was
getting up to 2 inches of snow per hour Monday morning, the
National Weather Service said.

The heaviest snow will continue to fall from upstate New York
into New England, where a few locations have already reported as
much as 18 inches of snow, Hennen said.

“The snow and ice extend to the south as well, with winter
storm warnings or advisories extending down the Appalachians into
Tennessee and North Carolina,” Hennen said.

Massachusetts State Police reduced
the speed limit
to 40 mph for the entire Massachusetts Turnpike
— a highway running though the state — all the way from the New
York state line to Boston due to treacherous driving

“Drivers need to remain alert,” the weather service
“These conditions often lead to accidents, especially on
highways, since road conditions can change rapidly. Avoid braking

In parts of Rhode Island and Connecticut, snow has turned into
freezing rain and drizzle, the National Weather Service said.

In Maryland, state police said 58 vehicles were involved in a
crash on westbound Interstate 68 Sunday. Ten people were
hospitalized and I-68 was shut down for approximately four hours,
said state police spokeswoman Elena Russo. Heavy fog is believed to
have been a factor in the accident, Russo said.

A stubborn storm is still pumping rain in California

On the West Coast, a storm over northern California keeps
dumping rain and leaving mountaintops white.

And there’s more severe weather to come.

“A new area of low pressure will be pushing into California
over the next 48 hours, bringing rain and mountain snow,” Hennen

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“Winter storm warnings continue for the Sierra, where up to an
additional foot of snow is expected.”

Parts of the San Francisco Bay Area were already deluged with 7
inches of rain over the weekend, the
National Weather Service
said. Rain will likely continue
through Tuesday, Shackelford said.

“Some showers continue mid-week,” the NWS office in
Sacramento said. “Another strong, wet system could arrive late in
the week, bringing the potential for moderate to heavy rain and
mountain snow. ”

The rain could be especially dangerous in areas burnt by recent
wildfires, as the lack of vegetation could lead to mudslides,
Hennen said.

By the time the storm system rolls out of the state, Shackelford
said mountaintops across the Sierra Nevada could be left with up to
2 feet of snow.

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US travelers face dangerous conditions as both coasts get pummeled with severe weather