Storm clouds are seen on the east coast of the United
States in this NASA handout satellite image taken at 1955
GMT on December 26. REUTERS/NASA/NOAA/GOES Project/Handout
The severe winter weather that hit parts of the central
and southern United States on Christmas Day has moved eastward,
causing flight delays and dangerous road conditions in the
Northeast and Ohio Valley.
Flights headed for New York, Philadelphia and Newark, New
Jersey, were experiencing delays of more than an hour due to
the inclement weather, the Federal Aviation Administration
Nearly 900 US flights had been cancelled on Wednesday (local
time), according to FlightAware.com.
The National Weather Service issued blizzard and winter storm
warnings in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, as well as much of
the Northeast, and warned that the wintry weather would make
for "treacherous" driving conditions for holiday travelers.
More than six inches of snow might fall in those regions,
while the area from western New York up into central Maine
could get from 12 to 18 inches, the NWS said.
As of Wednesday morning, Bloomington, Indiana, already had
nearly a foot of snow and Indianapolis had about seven
inches, according to AccuWeather.com.
Severe thunderstorms and widespread rain were expected from
southeast Virginia to Florida, with the eastern counties in
North Carolina and South Carolina under tornado watches or
warnings, the NWS said.
The wet and snowy conditions follow a major winter storm
system that swept through the southern United States on
Tuesday, spawning tornadoes in several states and causing the
deaths of at least two people in weather-related road
Twisters struck in Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana,
flattening houses and causing injuries, according to the
Declaring a state of emergency, Mississippi Governor Phil
Bryant deployed resources to the multiple counties in that
state that reported damaged homes and businesses, power
outages and flooding.
Tuesday's storms also contributed to a 21-vehicle pile-up
that shut Interstate 40 in downtown Oklahoma City and caused
power outages for tens of thousands of residents.
A Texas man died after an accident involving a toppled tree
in the road, and there was another weather-related fatality
on I-44 in Oklahoma, according to local authorities.
In the US southeast, nearly 200,000 homes and businesses
remained without electricity on Wednesday following a
Christmas Day winter storm packing snow, high winds and
The storm dumped record snowfalls in North Texas and
About 1,000 people spent the night on cots at the Dallas/Fort
Worth International Airport after some 400 flights were
canceled there on Tuesday due to weather, said Cynthia Vega,
media relations manager at the airport.
On Wednesday morning, about 50 more flights were canceled,
"We're hoping to get passengers back on track," Vega said.
"It's probably going to be a little hectic at the airport."
(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Additional reporting by Corrie
MacLaggan; Editing by Paul Thomasch and Gunna Dickson)