More than 100 million Americans on are under weather warnings as a pair of powerful storms promising several feet of snow and powerful winds across large swaths of the country plunge Thanksgiving travel into chaos - causing over 8,000 flights delays so far with thousands more expected as the holiday approaches.
The majority of the delays reported Tuesday were at Denver International Airport as a strong storm dumped more than a foot of snow in northern Colorado before moving east through the Rocky Mountains and up toward the Great Lakes.
A second major storm is expected to strike the West Coast over Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing 'bomb cyclone' conditions with over two feet of snow to the mountains in the Northwest and possible flash flooding in Southern California.
The National Weather Service described the second storm as 'historic' and said it could rival the strength of a Category 1 hurricane with winds up to 74mph in southwest Oregon and northwest California.
The storm system will then move into the Rockies toward the central US on Thanksgiving and into the weekend before dumping rain on the East Coast on Sunday.