Winter storm disrupts holiday travel in parts of West

Harold Maass

A major winter storm system is heading toward the Plains and Upper Midwest after hitting Southern California's mountains with heavy snow, USA Today reports. The storm halted traffic on Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles on Christmas night, then forced the temporary closure of Interstate 15, which connects Las Vegas to Southern California, briefly on Thursday. Weather.com warned that on Friday the storm could cause "significant travel difficulty" through Southern California passes and on Interstate 40 in northern Arizona, and on Interstate 25 north of Albuquerque. "After bringing a swath of snow from Arizona and New Mexico to Colorado at the end of the week, snow will streak across the central and northern Plains by Saturday," AccuWeather meteorologist Renee Duff said.

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