(CNN)A winter storm could hit the Rockies and upper Midwest late Saturday, making it a very white Christmas for folks in those parts.
But for most, the weather outside isn’t so frightful — especially if you’re in the central and eastern United States. You might even experience warmer than usual temperatures for December in the Southeast: Atlanta is forecast to reach a high near 70 degrees on Christmas Eve, and Orlando may reach above 80.
High temperatures could be five to 15 degrees above average on Saturday from the plains to the East Coast, according to the National Weather Service.
By Sunday, “high temperatures may reach 15 or more degrees above average for many areas of the Plains, Ohio and Tennessee valleys, and the Southeast,” according to the NWS.
With mellow weather, airports weren’t the nightmare that many have come to dread during the holiday season. On Saturday, the United States had about 1,000 flight delays, according to the FlightAware flight tracking website.
Vikings plane slides off runway
On Friday, a plane carrying the Minnesota Vikings football team slid off a runway amid snow and low visibility at Wisconsin’s Appleton Airport. The NFL team is playing the Green Bay Packers on Saturday.
The Vikings posted on Twitter that the plane was taxiing after a safe landing when it slid off the runway and became stuck.
The Appleton Airport posted on its Twitter account:”Minnesota Vikings team had a rear wheel leave the taxiway en route to arrival gate.” No injuries were reported.
The Vikings appeared to take the situation in stride, filming their unique exit from the charter plane on fire trucks and ladders. Hours later, the team’s Twitter account posted that “the #Vikings are nestled, all snug in their beds.”
Snow on the Western front
A blizzard is forecast for North and South Dakota. The National Weather Service in Bismarck warned that traveling would be “dangerous if not impossible” on Christmas and into Monday.