People also are talking about a gruesome deadly attack by feral hogs, wintry weather messing with holiday travel and the last man to help build Mount Rushmore.
Wintry weather may snarl your holiday travel
A strong storm expected to drop up to a foot of snow in parts of Colorado and Wyoming on Tuesday prompted airlines to issue travel alerts and the National Weather Service to issue blizzard and wintry weather warnings from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Lakes.
About a quarter of Denver International Airport's 1,500 flights on Tuesday were canceled, and airport officials said more cancellations are likely.
"There's still a lot of uncertainty with this storm," airport spokeswoman Emily Williams said Monday afternoon.
The storm was expected to move into the Plains later Tuesday, bringing high wind and more snow to Minnesota, Wisconsin and upper Michigan.
It could bring another round of snow to the Upper Midwest from Thursday through Saturday, and a chance of snow this weekend in interior New England, said Alex Lamers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
"That could be a coast-to-coast storm," he said.
It also could mean disappointment for fans of the larger-than-life balloons flown at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Organizers were preparing for the possibility that they'll have to ground the iconic balloon characters, given 40-50 mph gusts in the forecast.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area could see its biggest November snowfall in nearly a decade, and travel is northwestern Wisconsin "is going to be chaotic," said National Weather Service meteorologist Brent Hewett.
The Minneapolis airport could be hit, but Chicago, with its two big airports, should only see rain from the storm, weather service officials said.
The second storm, brewing in the Pacific, was expected to hit the West Coast on Tuesday afternoon or evening, bringing snow to the mountains and wind and rain along the coasts of California and Oregon.
Feral hogs kill woman outside home
Feral hogs attacked and killed a woman outside a home in Texas, where she had arrived to work as a caregiver for an elderly couple.
Christine Rollins arrived before dawn Sunday in the small town of Anahuac. Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said the homeowner was waiting for Rollins and went outside, finding Rollins, 59, in the yard between her care and the front door.
The sheriff said Rollins had a severe head wound and several other injuries consistent with an animal bite. The coroner in neighboring Jefferson County ruled Monday that Rollins bled to death after an attack by feral hogs.
Anahuac is just over 40 miles east of Houston.
"In my 35 years, I will tell you it's one of the worst things I've ever seen," Hawthorne told reporters.
Jefferson County Medical Examiner Selly Rivers determined Rollins was attacked by different hogs because of the various size of the bites on her body, Hawthorne said.
Mature feral hogs can weigh between 100 and 400 pounds, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
The sheriff noted feral hogs are a problem across Texas, but attacks are rare.
Last man to help build Mount Rushmore dies
The last living worker who helped construct Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota’s Black Hills has died.
Donald "Nick" Clifford of Keystone, South Dakota, was 98. His wife, Carolyn Clifford, says he died Saturday at a hospice in Rapid City.
At 17, Nick Clifford was the youngest worker hired to work at Mount Rushmore. He operated a winch that carried workers up and down the mountain where the faces of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln were carved, and he drilled holes for dynamite.
Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln, decided in 1938 to field a baseball team and hired Clifford, who already was a veteran pitcher and right fielder, the Rapid City Journal reported.
Clifford worked on Mount Rushmore from 1938-40, earning 55 cents an hour. Between 1927 and 1941, nearly 400 men and a few women worked on the memorial, which is now visited by nearly 3 million people annually.
In 2004, Clifford and his wife wrote his story in a book, “Mount Rushmore Q&A”. He would sign copies at the memorial's gift shop.
“I feel like Mount Rushmore was the greatest thing with which I was ever involved,” Clifford said in a 2016 interview. “It tells a story that will never go away — the story of how America was made and the men who helped make it what it is today.”