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    CARL QUINTANILLA, anchor: That wintry weather that blew through parts of the Pacific Northwest and West over the past few days is moving east, and a lot of folks might want to prepare for a change in the weather over the next few days.

    CARL QUINTANILLA, anchor: For the latest on what holiday shoppers and travelers can expect for the weekend, we're joined by meteorologist Chris Warren at Weather Channel headquarters in Atlanta . Chris , good evening.

    CHRIS WARREN reporting: Now, the main problem, Carl , tonight and tomorrow will be the very heavy rain . In fact, the latest satellite radar combination showing us where the rain and the clouds are right now. From the South all the way up to the Ohio valley , we are seeing some very heavy rain and some strong storms. All of that mess you see right there will be moving to the east tomorrow. Here's a look at your forecast for Friday. Getting around during the day on the Eastern Seaboard , whether it's by car on the Interstate 95 or through air through the major airports will be tough. Behind that cold front, that blue line with the blue triangles, that separates the warm air from the cold air, that moves through. Behind that, much cooler air is going to mean snow, lake effect snow around the Great Lakes . The middle part of the country not looking too bad, but we do have another storm moving in to the West , which is going to mean more mountain snow. So travel will be tough throughout the mountains and around the lakes. And the whole country will be cooling down, Carl , just in time for the weekend.

    QUINTANILLA: Chris Warren and our friends at The Weather Channel . Chris ,

updated 11/25/2010 11:44:16 AM ET 2010-11-25T16:44:16

A powerful storm system left holiday travelers in the western U.S. contending with a chaotic mix of snow, sleet and ice.

From Anchorage to Salt Lake City, roads were closed and flights delayed on Wednesday. Messy wintry weather was expected across much of the Dakotas on Thanksgiving Day.

Freezing rain glazed roads across the Midwest, and at least three traffic deaths in Iowa were blamed on the weather.

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Early-season snowstorms buried Seattle, and shut down highways for a time in Idaho, Wyoming and Utah.

It also brought strong winds Wednesday from New Mexico to Missouri.

More than 40 million people plan to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to AAA, with more than 1.6 million flying — a 3.5 percent increase from last year.

Cold weather shelters opened
Meanwhile, a medical examiner in Washington state said two men died of hypothermia after being exposed to the cold.

An unusual cold snap has sent Western Washington temperatures plummeting in the past week.

King County's medical examiner said 66-year-old James R. Furseth, of Issaquah, died Saturday and 76-year-old Jerry M. Fitzgerald, of Redmond, died Friday.

Several emergency cold weather shelters have opened in the Puget Sound area.

The temperature dropped to 14 degrees early Wednesday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, breaking the old record of 16 from 1985.

Records have been kept at Sea-Tac since the 1940s.

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