Blizzards. Closed roads. And thousands of flight delays

Millions across the country are feeling the effects of two winter storms that hit over the weekend

Two winter storms brought heavy snow and rain to the entire country over the weekend. What else came with it? High wind advisories. More than 45 million people across the country were under winter weather alerts on Saturday night.

It even brought snow to unexpected places including Albuquerque, New Mexico where there was a record amount of snowfall on Thanksgiving. The city received 3.1 inches of snow. The previous record was half an inch in 2007.

On the other side of the country, the East Coast is currently battling a large storm that began Sunday. Many were stuck in the mess because yesterday was a busy day of air travel. Folks were flying home from Thanksgiving travels.

More than 5,700 flights had been delayed and 800 flights had been cancelled on Sunday alone. Airlines had begun issuing vouchers for passengers on Saturday.

Additionally, the Blackfeet Indian Reservation is also currently under a blizzard warning by the National Weather Service. Forecasters say it will snow there through Tuesday. Brr.

In South Dakota, nine people were killed after a plane crashed during “blizzard-like” conditions on Saturday. It is unclear whether any Native people were injured or killed on the flight.

The winter weather created headaches for drivers, as well. Major highways were shut down over the weekend. On Sunday, some reopened Wyoming and Colorado, including Interstate 25 and I-80. Other major interstates in Montana were closed as well.

While this winter weather has created headaches for many, things have been different in a place that is normally cold: Alaska.

In November, Anchorage had both record high temperatures and a record snowfall on the same day. The temperature reached 45 degrees, which adds to what has already been one of the warmest years on record. 

The East Coast was bracing for more nasty weather Monday.

Forecasters said the nor'easter could drop 10 to 20 inches of snow by Tuesday morning from Pennsylvania to Maine. Heavy snow was possible in the Appalachian Mountains down to Tennessee and North Carolina.

"We've got our shovels ready. We've got the snowblower ready. We're prepared," said Paul Newman, of Wethersfield, Connecticut.

Schools closed preemptively as rain was expected to turn into snow in the region's first significant storm of the season, a nor'easter so named because the winds typically come from the northeast.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo advised nonessential state employees to stay home Monday, and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy declared government offices for nonessential employees would close at noon.

More than 180 flights into or out of the U.S. were canceled Monday morning, with more than 450 delays. Airports in the New York and Boston areas accounted for many of them.

Tractor-trailers were banned or lower speed limits put in place on stretches of interstate highways in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The same storm has pummeled the U.S. for days as it moved cross country, dumping heavy snow from California to the Midwest and inundating other areas with rain.

Duluth, Minnesota, is cleaning up more than 21 inches of snow. Major highways reopened in Wyoming and Colorado after blizzard conditions and drifting snow blocked them.

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Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is a reporter-producer at Indian Country Today's Phoenix Bureau. Follow her on Twitter: @aliyahjchavez or email her at achavez@indiancountrytoday.com  

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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