Dec 18, 2017, 8:52 AM ET

Stormy week ahead for holiday travel

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Two storm systems are expected to move through the country this week, just ahead of the Christmas holiday, bringing more than a foot of snow to some areas and heavy rain to others.

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The first storm is forecast to hit the far south on Monday, bringing as much as 4 inches of rain to some areas between Texas and the Carolinas.

PHOTO: A storm is expected to hit the south on Monday, bringing as much as 4 inches of rain to some areas between Texas and the Carolinas. ABC
A storm is expected to hit the south on Monday, bringing as much as 4 inches of rain to some areas between Texas and the Carolinas.

The second storm is expected to bring snow and arctic cold from the Northwest into the Midwest. That system will start out Wednesday on the West Coast bringing rain from Seattle to San Francisco and mountain snow from the Cascades to the Sierra Range.

Two storm systems are expected to move through the country this week.ABC
Two storm systems are expected to move through the country this week.

On Thursday, the storm system will move out into the Plains, bringing heavy snow from Denver to the Twin Cities. Some areas could see more than a foot of snow.

PHOTO: Two storm systems could bring heavy snow and rain to parts of the country this week.ABC
Two storm systems could bring heavy snow and rain to parts of the country this week.

By Saturday, the storm system will reach the East Coast, lashing the areas between New York City and Atlanta with heavy rain and a few thunderstorms.

Behind the storm system, bitter cold air will spill into the Upper Midwest and the Plains, with some temperatures falling below zero.

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  • Dave Park

    Any truth to rumor that the left predicts cold, crummy weather for winter in much of the country, and that it will become the "new normal" for winters moving forward?

  • Nathan Broussard

    not to worry, I've secured additional work for the crews in snow removal either manually or with plows or loaders, no problem, mother nature can give us her worst and we will open the roads and clear the highways and parking lots..please be careful and look out for the guys under the neon orange strobes

  • Nicholas Ingraham

    "As a rule, a man's a fool.
    When it's hot, he wants it cold.
    When it's cold, he wants it hot.
    Always wanting...wanting....what is not."

    - Mr. Wiggins, our elderly next door neighbor, 1962.