Deadly Storm Moves East, Could Snarl Holiday Travel for Millions
(NEW YORK) -- A powerful winter-like storm that is being blamed for at least eight deaths could wreak havoc as millions of Americans are preparing to travel for Thanksgiving. The front, which began Thursday in California, is now pummeling most of North Texas with a mix of rain, light freezing rain and light sleet. The west got walloped with up to 3 feet of snow from California to Texas.
The system is forecast to move eastward next, posing a threat to those looking to hit the road or take to the skies on Tuesday and Wednesday.
More than 43 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles this holiday week, according to AAA, and some of them got off to a rocky start as more than 300 flights were canceled at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Sunday. "DFW is the fourth-busiest airport in the country and as such it's a major part of the interconnected aviation system of the United States and really of the world," airport spokesman David Magana told ABC News Radio.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from Dallas to Shreveport, La., until noon Monday with icy conditions. The system is expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico later on Monday, where it will pick up moisture and drop 1 to 3 inches of rain from Houston to Atlanta.
By Tuesday, the front will move along the East Coast and could bring 2 to 5 inches of rain from the Carolinas to Maine with a threat of flash flooding in some areas. Further inland, cities including Knoxville, Tenn.; Cleveland; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Syracuse, N.Y., will see mostly snow with some areas getting close to a foot of the white stuff. In addition to the rain and snow, wind gusts of 30 to 50 mph from Tuesday evening through Wednesday night are expected. The system will clear the East Coast by Thanksgiving Day, leaving just chilly temperatures in New York City for the annual parade.
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