More than 1,000 flights within, to and from the United States were canceled on Tuesday as fatal Blizzard swept parts of the south.
The storm was centered in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, making the area hardest hit by travel woes, with 742 flights canceled at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, according to online flight tracking. FlightAware.
The area is home to both American Airlines And Southwest Airlines And as of Tuesday morning, at least 512 Southwest flights are listed as cancelled, along with 427 American Airlines flights. 263 at least Southwest flights have been delayed, while 329 American Airlines flights are listed as delayed, according to FlightAware.
the Federal Aviation Administration Be warned, sleet and sleet may slow flights at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Memphis International Airport.
One person has died in Austin after a weather-related multiple-vehicle collision, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services.
“Nearly all of the collisions that we respond to now are weather-related,” a spokesperson told NBC News. “Basically, all roads and elevated bridges in the Austin and Travis County area are frozen.”
The ice storm is expected to be “long and big” and “continue to affect a large area from the southern plains to the Tennessee Valley,” according to the National Weather Service.
She said the “dangerous” ice storm is expected to continue until at least early Thursday, bringing cold air, freezing rain and sleet, along with travel chaos and delays.
The weather service said “widespread accumulation of more than 0.25″ of total ice is likely from western Texas to western Tennessee, with local areas receiving up to 0.75”. It warned that this amount of ice could lead to hazardous travel conditions. In addition to damage to trees and power outages scattered in the most affected areas.
Ice buildup about a half inch or higher is also possible from west Texas to Arkansas, which the weather service said could lead to “treacherous” travel conditions.
Blizzard warnings, winter storm warnings and winter weather warnings were issued in affected areas, warning travelers to check road conditions before heading anywhere and to drive with extreme caution.
Spokesman Matt Zavadsky said Forth Worth ambulance service MedStar responded to 142 car crashes within 24 hours of the winter storm, and 19 of them occurred overnight. Sixteen of those accidents were rollover accidents.
MedStar also responded to eight hypothermic patients. Seven patients have been admitted to local hospitals, five of whom are in serious condition. The ambulance service also reported that nine patients were injured by slipping on the ice.
Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services said a multiple-vehicle collision in Austin caused by “ice” left two people with “serious, life-threatening injuries.” Twitter.
Emergency services are encouraging residents to stay indoors and off the roads if they can.
A cold air mass descending into the mid-South is also expected to bring well-below-average temperatures and wind chills across the central and western United States, the National Weather Service said.
Wind hail warnings and advisories have been issued across the Central and Northern Plains, as well as for parts of the Intermountain West.
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