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UPDATE: 7 ways to weatherproof your winter holiday travel

UPDATE: 7 ways to weatherproof your winter holiday travel

10/05/2017

By Jacob Passy

A good plan can increase the likelihood that you'll make it to your destination if a snowstorm hits

A White Christmas can quickly turn blue for unprepared travelers.

Last year, storms created major headaches (https://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/winter-storm-makes-messy-travel-plains-northeast-n700136) for people traveling through the West, Midwest and Northeast around the Christmas holiday, causing more than 620 flight cancellations (http://fortune.com/2016/12/24/holiday-travel-snow-storm-2016/) across the U.S.

That was nothing compared with 2010. A holiday blizzard in the Northeast caused nearly 10,000 flight cancellations (http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/12/28/airlines.weather/index.html), while a separate Christmas Day snowstorm in Atlanta contributed to 500 weather-related cancellations (http://www.ajc.com/news/local/photo-vault-remember-when-atlanta-was-winter-wonderland/u50PnLV7FkktHTjPh60jCJ/).

Blizzards aside, during the late fall and early winter many parts of the country -- such as the Upper Midwest and Rocky Mountain states -- have upwards of a 50% chance of having snow on the ground, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information (https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/news/historical-probability-of-white-christmas).

While people can't control the weather, they can take steps to reduce the impact a storm will have on their travel plans. Here are some tips from travel experts to increase your chances of getting to your destination in the midst of a winter storm.

Also see: How to hurricane-proof a Caribbean or Florida vacation (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-to-hurricane-proof-a-caribbean-or-florida-vacation-post-irma-2017-09-15)

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