Holiday travelers face severe weather

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It’s a good thing Santa Claus is back home and safe at the North Pole, as a winter blast is striking the U.S. and it’s causing travel headaches for millions.

Many Americans didn’t have to dream about a white Christmas. Snow fell in parts of the west coast, including California, this week.

But the white stuff isn’t all fun and games. A mix of snow and ice caused more than a dozen vehicles to crash on Freeway 15 near the Cajon Pass in California.

“I let it drift over, and I was getting over and then it kinda just slid to the side. And as soon as I got ready to go, the lady rammed into me. She jumped out, I jumped out, and then all the cars started coming,” said one driver, Jovan Harris.

This winter storm is expected to crawl across the center of the country Wednesday with winter weather alerts are affecting more than four-million people.

Roadways throughout the Plains and Midwest are expected to be dangerous throughout Friday. 

“It’s not worth it. You know, any accident is going slow you down even more. Potential safety of everybody else is obviously more important,” said Officer Jesse Miller of the California Highway Patrol.

As for the south, forecasters say residents there should prepare for heavy winds, downpours and even large hail.
 

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