Blizzard expected to blast U.S. Plains and cause disruption in travel

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Blizzard warnings have been issued across the Central Plain, threatening Christmas plans for travelers with delays and dangerous road conditions.

More than 1.1 million people in parts of Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, Wyoming, and Colorado were under blizzard warnings on Monday afternoon.

“Significant winter storm will ‘let it snow, let it snow, let it snow’ over the portions of the Central Plains on Christmas where blizzard conditions and hazardous travel are anticipated,” said the National Weather Service on early Monday.

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The storm is expected to bring heavy snow, freezing rain and strong winds to a large portion of Central and Northern Plains through Tuesday, said CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford.

It is expected that the travel will be disrupted across the region and wind gusts as high as 75 mph in parts of Central Plains could mix with heavy snow to produce dangerous whiteout conditions.

For the western parts of Dakota and far western parts of Minnesota, ice storm warning are in effect until Tuesday evening.