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This is the best time to travel for Christmas to avoid winter storm cancellations, delays

A major winter storm is expected to produce damaging winds and drop feet of snow in many locations this week, and with the Christmas holiday travel season in full effect, the timing couldn’t be worse.

The massive winter storm will impact tens of millions of Americans across the Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast starting on Wednesday, with the peak impacts expected from Thursday through early Saturday (Christmas Eve).

Blizzard conditions are expected in parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes on Thursday and Friday, leading to devastating impacts on holiday travel, including the potential for prolonged flight delays or numerous cancellations.

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FILE - A Delta Airlines jet is de-iced at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport near St. Paul, Minn. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022.

FILE – A Delta Airlines jet is de-iced at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport near St. Paul, Minn. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022.

Airlines have started doing whatever they can in anticipation of the major winter storm brewing for later this week.

“The airlines are basically going all hands on deck,” said senior aviation business reporter for The Points Guy David Slotnick. “They’re calling as many staffers as they can. They’re trying to have crews ready. They’re trying to get deicing crews ready to keep as many planes running as they can.”

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And with the likelihood of flight delays and cancellations increasing in the Midwest and around the Great Lakes, it will have a ripple effect across the country.

Because of the country’s geography, major cities such as New York City, Boston, Miami and Los Angeles can have a beautiful, sunny day, yet winter weather in places like Chicago and Detroit can keep planes grounded and prevent them from getting to other major airports.

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