The weather at Gallatin Field might be delightful, but that doesn’t mean Southwest Montana travelers won’t face travel difficulties as they return home for the holidays. A major east coast snow storm is causing a ripple-effect of travel woes across the country.

A winter storm that brought a rare white Christmas to parts of the South barreled up the East Coast on Saturday night, with forecasters predicting 6 to 10 inches of snow Sunday for Washington and blizzard conditions for New York City, the New Jersey shore and eastern Massachusetts.

Airlines canceled hundreds of Sunday flights in the Northeast corridor, with more likely to come as the storm intensifies.

Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina declared states of emergency early Sunday or Saturday night. As North Carolina road crews tried to clear snowy and icy highways, Mid-Atlantic officials spent Christmas Day preparing for up to a foot of snow, plunging temperatures and high winds.

via Storm, blizzard warnings stretch along Atlantic – Weather – msnbc.com.