Winter storm: Bomb cyclone could hit in just days and cause Christmas chaos

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Travelers walk to their gates at the Philadelphia International Airport on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, in Philadelphia. Winter weather and crew members infected with COVID-19 have forced airlines to spike thousands of U.S. flights over the past week, complicating travel plans for many people during the busy holiday season. The new year is bringing more of the same old misery that air travelers in the United States have been enduring for more than a week. Airlines are blaming wintry weather and high numbers of sickouts due to the rising number of COVID-19 infections around the country. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) Michael Perez/AP

Winter storm: Bomb cyclone could hit in just days and cause Christmas chaos

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Midwesterners may have a white Christmas as the formation of a bomb cyclone barrels their way and upends air travel.

Already, multiple airlines, such as JetBlue, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and Alaska Airlines, are offering travel waivers to allow flight change fees to be waived for customers flying to specific locations for the holidays in anticipation of the inclement weather.

WINTER STORMS PELT NORTHEAST AHEAD OF CHRISTMAS, KNOCKING OUT POWER

United Airlines is also offering three winter weather waivers for the Midwest, Texas, and East Coast, respectively. Cold and forceful winds from the storm are expected to strike parts of Texas and the East Coast over the coming days.

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The brewing storm, named Winter Storm Elliott, has been forecasted to bring blizzard conditions, frigid weather, and heavy snowfall to parts of the Midwest, including Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. Winter weather conditions from Elliott are expected to stretch through the Christmas holiday, according to the National Weather Service.

Elliott is expected to hit the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies Tuesday and intensify as it barrels east — with forceful conditions beginning to make landfall in the Midwest starting Thursday.

Chicago, which is expected to be one of the hardest-hit cities, could plunge to a freezing 12 degrees on Christmas day — the coldest Christmas in the city since 1996, forecasters have projected.

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In some regions, temperatures could crater to the lowest in roughly 40 years for millions, with some temperatures so cold that one could face frostbite in five minutes, according to CNN.

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