A bombshell hurricane that could hit the Midwest later this week has the potential to wreak havoc on vacation travel, with many airlines already offering discounts.
Major airlines have issued travel waivers ahead of the winter weather storm, which is predicted to hit rock cities including Chicago — a major air travel hub — tough, according to the Weather Channel.
Headquartered in the Windy City, United Airlines offers inclement weather deals to travelers in the Midwest, Texas and the East Coast. Flight change fees will be waived for customers who change flights within a specified rebooking window due to advance notice.
JetBlue, American Airlines, Delta, Southwest and Alaska Airlines offer discounts on many specific flight routes and dates.
The storm, which has the potential to become a bomb cyclone in the Midwest, will bring blizzard conditions, severe cold and dangerous wind chills to areas near the Great Lakes, the National Weather Service said.
Much of the Midwest — south of Jackson, Mississippi — will see heavy snowfall beginning Thursday evening and continuing through the holiday weekend.
Stronger winds are expected along the East Coast and cooler air will reach south to the generally warmer states of Texas and Florida.
Forecasters believe the storm will reach its peak strength later in the week, sending heavy snow to parts of Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.
Temperatures across the Northern Plains and Intermountain West are expected to drop below zero Friday morning and cold weather will stick around into next week.
A drop in mercury has the potential to make millions across the country the coldest Christmas Day in nearly 40 years, according to a CNN meteorologist. Temperatures can drop so low in some areas that a person can get frostbite on exposed skin within five minutes, the outlet says.
A Christmas Day high in Chicago is forecast to be just 12 degrees — the coldest Christmas since 1996.