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Holiday forecast: Storm clogs weekend travel, but Christmas looking calm (+video)

A sprawling winter storm this weekend is expected to create a sluggish start for holiday travelers, spreading snow, ice, flooding rains and possibly tornadoes to parts of the country.

By Staff Writer / December 20, 2013

Passengers walk through Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Rain will continue in the area through Friday with some light freezing drizzle, according to weather reports.

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A giant winter storm is threatening to clog holiday travel this weekend with a wide variety of hazardous weather across the country, ranging from flooding rains and possible tornadoes in the South to heavy snow to the north and ice in between.

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Katherine Jacobsen writes for the Monitor's international desk. 

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On Friday, rain and snow were scattered from the southern Midwest and Illinois into northern New England. Although few flights had been canceled by midday, the weather was taking a toll on air travel: FlightStats.com reported more than 1,300 US delays, with the most at Chicago's O'Hare, Denver International, and the three big New York-area airports.

Over the weekend, the sprawling storm is expected to cause the bulk of travel interruptions, according to accuweather.com This storm is likely to affect major airport hubs from Dallas to St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, New York City, and Boston, the weather website reported.

It will scatter snow over the Texas Panhandle and Western Oklahoma before heading northeast over central Kansas, continuing in a diagonal path over the Midwest and into Canada. Meteorologists are predicting up to 1 foot of snow in parts of the Midwest this weekend.  

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