Winter storm: More than a foot of snow in the Midwest and 2 feet in the Rockies
At least three people have died in weather-related incidents.
Bad weather prompted airlines in the United States to cancel thousands of flights and made traveling on many routes nerve-wracking. And forecasters said the storm would continue to affect some areas, including the northeast, through Friday.
The storm has already produced more than 3 feet of snow in part of New Mexico and more than a foot in several Midwestern states. Some areas of the Chicago metro received up to 11 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service snow map.
“Yeah, it’s frustrating,” David Dailey said. “I wish they were plowing and I know we had rain before snow and sometimes it’s a little harder to salt, but the last two times we’ve had snow it seems like they weren’t really at the top.”
Meanwhile, an ice storm creates dangerous conditions from Arkansas to Ohio.
Leaders of the state’s power grid — Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT — said Wednesday they believe they are prepared to handle high demands during the storm, but also warned there could be local outages. due to ice on wires or fallen tree limbs.
Gov. Greg Abbott said in a briefing Thursday that the state’s power grid has “a lot of power available right now,” calling the weather “one of the most significant icing events we’ve seen.” have had in the state of Texas for at least several decades.”
“The power grid is working very well right now,” he said. “At projected peak demand, there should be about 10,000 megawatts of additional electrical capacity. To put that into context, that’s about enough additional energy to power about 2 million homes.”
About 33,000 Texans were without power Thursday night, according to Poweroutage.us.
Tornado concerns in the South
The National Weather Service said a tornado was seen in Elmore County in east-central Alabama.
Gov. Kay Ivey asked the public to be vigilant Thursday night as severe weather continues to roll through the state.
The misery of air travel
The storm is having significant impacts on American Airlines operations at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the company said.
“Due to airport conditions, the remainder of flights to DFW tonight have been canceled and we anticipate further impact until tomorrow morning. We apologize to our customers whose travel plans may be affected. “said American Airlines spokeswoman Gianna Urgo.
Nearly 3,000 US flights have already been canceled on Friday, including many in the northeast, where the storm is heading.
What “multiple winter weather cycles” will look like
As the storm system pushes further east, forecasters say, it will offer a chilling mix of hazards.
“The system will be extended with multiple winter weather cycles through Friday for parts of the central United States before moving inland from the northeast,” the weather service said Wednesday.
CNN meteorologists said these cities will experience the worst weather effects:
- Dallas: Snow and sleet will end Friday afternoon, but temperatures will remain below freezing through Saturday morning. The Dallas Independent School District will be closed Thursday and Friday, officials said.
- Houston: Meanwhile, a wintry mix and freezing rain is possible for Houston Thursday night as temperatures drop into the upper 20s.
- Louisville, Kentucky: Up to a half inch of ice is expected to form. Also, about 1 inch of sleet and snow – each – should fall. Peak times for a mix of freezing rain, snow and ice pellets are 7 a.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday.
The journey is already miserable
Perilous travel conditions have caused accidents and road closures. Two people have died in weather-related crashes in New Mexico.
A person died at the scene when a vehicle slid off a snow-covered road and flipped more than 100 feet into a mountain in Bernalillo County. In Guadalupe County, a man was killed in a chain reaction crash on Interstate 40.
In Illinois, authorities closed parts of several highways after numerous shipwrecks.
“The combination of snow volumes, high winds and freezing temperatures make travel near impossible in some areas of the state with several highways closed following vehicle and tractor-trailer stabbing accidents,” said Kevin Sur, spokesperson for Illinois Emergency. Management agency.
Correction: A previous version of this story exaggerated the new February 2 snowfall record for Oklahoma City. The new record is 3 inches.
CNN’s Raja Razek, Andy Rose, Judson Jones, Paul P. Murphy, Joe Sutton, Amanda Musa, Jenn Selva, Pete Muntean, Greg Wallace, Rosa Flores and Michelle Watson contributed to this report.