Thanksgiving Storm, Thanksgiving travel plans for millions of Americans face disruption from a deadly storm that threatens to dump snow on inland regions of several Northeast states on the eve of the holiday, a meteorologist said Monday.
The weather system has already heaped up to a foot of snow in the mountain regions of Utah and Colorado, and claimed 13 lives, including a 4-year-old girl killed in a rollover smash on icy roads in New Mexico.
With the storm gathering pace and moving northeast, the 43 million people who are expected to travel 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving were warned to avoid driving during the worst conditions slated for Tuesday and Wednesday, said Kevin Roth, lead meteorologist at The Weather Channel.
Three million of these travelers expected to fly, and there is also a good chance flights could be delayed leaving from airports in New York, Boston, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. Roth said this was due to forecast low cloud and high wind, however, rather than ice or snow.
NBC Dallas Fort-Worth reported some 300 flights were canceled at DFW International Airport across Saturday and Sunday, with officials there anticipating icy conditions.
“The worst is going to come on Tuesday and run into Wednesday, so if people traveling can get out before then, or wait until afterward, that would be the best thing,” he said.
The storm is forecast to dump up to 12 inches of snow on Buffalo and Syracuse, N.Y., and up to eight inches in Pittsburgh, Pa., Roth said.
Some 1,000 people have already been left without power in Stafford, Willington, and Tolland, Conn., after high winds brought down a tree on a major power line, NBC News Connecticut reported.
Areas closer to the coast will be warmer and therefore forecast to receive rain rather than snow, Roth said.
The storm started in the Southwest on Thursday where it killed three people in California. It then moved on to New Mexico and Texas, both of which were placed under National Weather Service winter storm warnings until Monday.
Up to 11,000 people were without power in parts of Texas over the weekend, utility suppliers said.
By that time it was gathering pace and moving on from New Mexico and plotting a path through eastern Texas, southeastern Oklahoma, and Arkansas.