White Christmas blankets parts of the West

first_imgNEW YORK — If it’s a white Christmas you’re after, you’d better follow this familiar advice: Go West.Snow will be falling in the western U.S. today, with anywhere from 2 to 6 inches in the valleys up to a foot in higher elevations in northern California, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, according to the National Weather Service.The Dakotas and Minnesota already have accumulations of several inches from Wednesday’s storm.Weather service spokesman Patrick Burke said gusty winds are expected in states such as Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania — but not the snowy weather for which some holiday-minded people are longing.“The place where it’s tranquil is Texas and the Gulf Coast,” he said.Christmas Eve was windy, wet and warm across the country, creating headaches for travelers in the Great Lakes, the Northeast and a storm-battered swath of the South, where at least four people were killed.More than 300 flights were canceled in the U.S. according to flight tracking service FlightAware. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was hardest hit, accounting for about 100 of the cancellations.In Michigan, utility companies braced for extremely strong winds a year after a storm put thousands of people in the dark at Christmas. The weather service said the strongest winds would last nearly until dawn on Christmas Day.last_img read more