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South and Midwest blasted by bitter Winter storm as snow and ice grounds hundreds of flights and leaves nearly 300,000 without power

Storm: This NOAA satellite image taken early Friday shows clouds streaming from the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, associated with a strong Arctic frontDaily Mail

A biting Winter storm has blasted the South and Midwest with ice and snow – leaving more than a quarter of a million people without power, grounding hundreds of flights and causing treacherous conditions for travelers.

Two people have died in traffic accidents on roads in Texas, where temperatures plunged below freezing on what residents dubbed ‘Ice Friday’.  

Schools in the state canceled classes as temperatures plunged below freezing and thousands of shoppers jammed stores to buy milk, pet food and other supplies.

A quarter of a million Dallas residents are without power as well as 35,000 people in Arkansas.

American Airlines and American Eagle, based in Fort Worth, canceled nearly 1,000 flights due to bad weather in Texas, while Southwest Airlines canceled almost 90 flights.

Joy: Jaidyn Richardson, 9, adjusts her hat after sledding down a hill at an Evansville, Indiana golf courseJoy: Jaidyn Richardson, 9, adjusts her hat after sledding down a hill at an Evansville, Indiana golf course

Staying warm: Amy Grace walks her dog, Evelyn, with Aaron Mihalevich in Springfield, Missouri on FridayStaying warm: Amy Grace walks her dog, Evelyn, with Aaron Mihalevich in Springfield, Missouri on Friday

 

 

Storm: A tree felled by ice rests near a house on Friday in Richardson, Texas. Winter storm and ice warnings are in effect through much of today for parts of six states in the MidwestStorm: A tree felled by ice rests near a house on Friday in Richardson, Texas. Winter storm and ice warnings are in effect through much of today for parts of six states in the Midwest

Cold snap: Laura Perez scrapes ice from her car as she prepares to drive to work in Dallas in icy conditions on Friday morning. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the area until Friday nightCold snap: Laura Perez scrapes ice from her car as she prepares to drive to work in Dallas in icy conditions on Friday morning. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the area until Friday night

 

 

Trouble: Vehicles are pushed up a slick hill in Fort Worth, Texas. The ice has already claimed one life on the roadsTrouble: Vehicles are pushed up a slick hill in Fort Worth, Texas. The ice has already claimed two lives

Stuck: Residents work together to clear the roads on East Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth, TexasStuck: Residents work together to clear the roads on East Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas

Earlier this week, many in Texas were basking in spring-like temperatures hitting the 80s, but by Thursday, Texas was facing the same wintry blast that’s hitting much of the U.S., bringing frigid temperatures, ice and snow.

The National Weather Service issued winter storm and ice warnings through much of Friday for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

Some parts of the Midwest were expected to see several inches of snow.

The system has already dumped one to two feet of snow in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin and draped many communities in skin-stinging cold.

It forced cancellations in places far more accustomed to snow: Officials in Rapid City, South Dakota, said the weather was too cold for ice skating, and temperatures in Montana and Idaho fell below minus 25 degrees.

Wrap up warm! An Accuweather map shows the snow and rain that will be sweeping across the U.S.Wrap up warm! An Accuweather map shows the snow and rain that will be sweeping across the U.S.

 

Focus on Texas: A map shows the worst ice storms expected to hit the Lone Star state todayFocus on Texas: A map shows the worst ice storms expected to hit the Lone Star state today

 

Storm: This NOAA satellite image taken early Friday shows clouds streaming from the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, associated with a strong Arctic front

Storm: This NOAA satellite image taken early Friday shows clouds streaming from the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, associated with a strong Arctic front

Blown away: A gust of wind collapses Joseph Mezo's umbrella as he walks to work in Dallas on Friday morningBlown away: A gust of wind collapses Joseph Mezo’s umbrella as he walks to work in Dallas on Friday morning

 

Grounded: Snow removal equipment clears the wet sleet on the ramp area at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Friday. More than 1,000 flights have been canceled from the airportGrounded: Snow removal equipment clears the wet sleet on the ramp area at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Friday. More than 1,000 flights have been canceled from the airport

 

 

Exasperating: A TSA officer checks flight schedule at the Love Field Airport in Dallas during the winter storm in Dallas on Friday. The board shows scores of canceled flightsExasperating: A TSA officer checks flight schedule at the Love Field Airport in Dallas during the winter storm in Dallas on Friday. The board shows scores of canceled flights

Grounded: An air traveler stranded at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport sleeps during a flight delayGrounded: An air traveler stranded at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport sleeps during a flight delay

 

US braced for ‘Ice Friday’

 

The city of St. Louis opened its first cold-weather shelter of the season and warned residents to dress in layers inside and outside if need be.

After the storm passes, temperatures in parts of the central and western U.S. will be 10 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit through the weekend as a cold air mass spreads through those regions, the National Weather Service said.

At a Dallas Home Depot, manager James McGilberry said the store was already running out of firewood and ice melt on Thursday afternoon, as freezing rain and wind began hitting the region.

Residents were preparing for a storm that threatened to slicken highways, freeze power lines – and leave them stranded through the weekend.

‘It’s almost like a Black Friday,’ McGilberry said, ‘but I guess we’ll call it an Ice Friday.’

A 29-year-old driver, Chase Brandenburgh, was killed just after midnight in Arlington when his car hit an 18-wheeler, which police blamed on the ice roads.

Storm: Christine Busik shovels her gravel driveway in Bloomington, Indiana during sleet and rainStorm: Christine Busik shovels her gravel driveway in Bloomington, Indiana during sleet and rain

 

 

 

 

 

Perseverance: Jim Cline removes the snow from Christmas trees for shoppers in IndianapolisPerseverance: Jim Cline removes the snow from Christmas trees for shoppers in Indianapolis

No escape: Even California felt the frost. Here, Tulare County Agricultural and Standards inspector Ben Yosako cuts through frozen oranges after collecting them for future inspection in Traver on FridayNo escape: Even California felt the frost. Here, Tulare County Agricultural and Standards inspector Ben Yosako cuts through frozen oranges after collecting them for future inspection in Traver on Friday

 

 

 

Bundled up: Ashley Leonard and her daughter Veda, 4, walk to a neighbor's house for pancakes along an icy street in Fort Worth, Texas on Friday as they wrapped up against 'Ice Friday'Bundled up: Ashley Leonard and her daughter Veda, 4, walk to a neighbor’s house for pancakes along an icy street in Fort Worth, Texas on Friday as they wrapped up against ‘Ice Friday’

That's just cold: Olivia Aurs, 9, dumps a handful of snow on her three year-old brother, Alex Aurs' head as they play in the snow in the Lakeside Terrace subdivision in Evansville, IndianaThat’s just cold: Olivia Aurs, 9, dumps a handful of snow on her three year-old brother, Alex Aurs’ head as they play in the snow in the Lakeside Terrace subdivision in Evansville, Indiana

 

Enjoying it: Mark Vogel gives his daughter Parker, 7, a push on the sled he used when he was a kid on the icy streets in Fort Worth, Texas on Friday as temperatures plungedEnjoying it: Mark Vogel gives his daughter Parker, 7, a push on the sled he used when he was a kid on the icy streets in Fort Worth, Texas on Friday as temperatures plunged

 

 

Chris Schein, Oncor’s director of communications, says a massive power outage in downtown Dallas is expected to last hours.

‘When you have an ice storm like this the majority of outages are caused by tree limbs falling into power limbs or people running into power poles,’ he told the Dallas Morning News.

‘And as this [precipitation] continues to fall, lines fall. And the weight of the ice puts pressure on those trees, and eventually the limbs give way. Its not unusual for outages to occur hours and days after an event.’

In the Dallas area, agencies and residents are still haunted by the fiasco of a frozen Super Bowl week two years ago, when an inadequate response to a winter storm crippled the region and left visitors stranded on impassable highways.

Warning: A sign warns drivers of ice on the Dr. Martin Luther King Bridge in Springfield, MissouriWarning: A sign warns drivers of ice on the Dr. Martin Luther King Bridge in Springfield, Missouri

Oops: Passersby help a pickup get up the incline on the Lyon Street Bridge Friday morning in Albany, OregonOops: Passersby help a pickup get up the incline on the Lyon Street Bridge Friday morning in Albany, Oregon

 

 

 

 

Slow moving: Motorists and emergency vehicles try to pass through snow and ice in Fort WorthSlow moving: Motorists and emergency vehicles try to pass through snow and ice in Fort Worth

Daunting: A car makes its way down a sleet-coverd hill in Little Rock, Arkansas on Friday morningDaunting: A car makes its way down a sleet-coverd hill in Little Rock, Arkansas on Friday morning

Smash: Police and tow trucks remove wrecked vehicles off the road Friday morning in Austin, TexasSmash: Police and tow trucks remove wrecked vehicles off the road Friday morning in Austin, Texas

 

 

 

Terrifying: Police in Odessa, Texas respond to a rolled over vehicle that crashed on the slick highwayTerrifying: Police in Odessa, Texas respond to a rolled over vehicle that crashed on the slick highway

 

This time, all of North Texas mobilized before an expected half-inch of freezing rain began to come down. Temperatures are forecast to stay below freezing after the rain passes, meaning residents will have to contend with icy roads through the weekend.

Dan Shoemaker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told the Dallas Morning News: ‘I don’t think the problems are over, even though the precipitation pretty much is.’

He explained that temperatures this evening are going to reach a bitter cold – around 18 degrees (-8 degrees Celsius) – before rising slightly on Saturday morning.

In preparation, the North Texas Tollway Authority had its 79 trucks stationed Thursday to cover 850 miles of highways with sand, and the city of Dallas went to a condition known as ‘Ice Force One’, readying its own army of dump trucks to handle city roads.

Sticking together: A small herd of cows graze in Brown County near Nashville, Indiana during the stormSticking together: A small herd of cows graze in Brown County near Nashville, Indiana during the storm

 

Brrr! Nola the arctic fox curls up in the snow at Denver Zoo, which was closed due to extreme cold ThursdayBrrr! Nola the arctic fox curls up in the snow at Denver Zoo, which was closed due to extreme cold Thursday

 

 

 

 

Winter: Scott Asperheim of Duluth, Minnesota clears the sidewalk around his home from several feet of snow Winter: Scott Asperheim of Duluth, Minnesota clears the sidewalk around his home from several feet of snow

Holding on: Jane Giles, 15, gets some help from her sister as she skates on a sidewalk in Richardson, TexasHolding on: Jane Giles, 15, gets some help from her sister as she skates on a sidewalk in Richardson, Texas

 

There's snow stopping him! Jackson McDonald, 11, slides on an icy road in Richardson, TexasThere’s snow stopping him! Jackson McDonald, 11, slides on an icy road in Richardson, Texas

 

 

Frozen: Lauren Blanco, 23, plays with her four-month-old dog, Fitzgerald, at the Park Central Square in Springfield, Missouri on Thursday. It was Fitzgerald's first time seeing snowFrozen: Lauren Blanco, 23, plays with her four-month-old dog, Fitzgerald, at the Park Central Square in Springfield, Missouri on Thursday. It was Fitzgerald’s first time seeing snow

 

Dallas and Fort Worth school districts lead a list of suburban and outlying North Texas school systems, colleges and universities that canceled their Friday classes.

Numerous government offices also closed, but the Dallas Marathon’s organizers had not made a decision whether to cancel Sunday’s race, which draws thousands of runners from inside and outside North Texas.

Debbie Jones was at a supermarket collecting the ingredients for a warm winter meal in advance of Friday.

‘I’m going to make a gumbo, then try and lay it in for tomorrow,’ Jones said.

Hidden: Men try to extricate their car from a tree at the DART Transit Station in northeast DallasHidden: Men try to extricate their car from a tree at the DART Transit Station in northeast Dallas

 

Frosting: Roads in this northwest Oklahoma City neighborhood had a light coating of snow by ThursdayFrosting: Roads in this northwest Oklahoma City neighborhood had a light coating of snow by Thursday

Waiting it out: Jack Fontenot rubs his hands to warm them after coming out of a tent at a homeless encampment in Oklahoma City. Some of the people who live here refuse to leave their tents for a shelterWaiting it out: Jack Fontenot rubs his hands to warm them after coming out of a tent at a homeless encampment in Oklahoma City. Some of the people who live here refuse to leave their tents for a shelter

 

 

Having fun: Nick Morgan gives his son Parker, 6, a push down a short hill in Walla Walla, WashingtonHaving fun: Nick Morgan gives his son Parker, 6, a push down a short hill in Walla Walla, Washington

 

In West Texas, many truckers had already pulled off Interstate 27 on Thursday, said Leilani Pierce, a manager at a Flying J Travel Plaza in Lubbock.

Students at Oklahoma State University were evicted by school officials from a makeshift tent community they set up ahead of Saturday’s rivalry football game against the University of Oklahoma.

Debbie McCarthy, the university’s athletics coordinator of special events, told the Tulsa World that officials were worried about propane heaters in use starting a fire.

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15 Responses to South and Midwest blasted by bitter Winter storm as snow and ice grounds hundreds of flights and leaves nearly 300,000 without power

  1. NC says:

    Yep, I’m in Dallas now and as a native of Buffalo, NY, I can say these people down South have no idea how to deal with this. They’ve never invested in a snow plow nor do they know what salt is. It’s hilarious from someone like me growing up in the North.

    (Angel-NYC, I know you can agree with me on this. lol)

    My whole apartment parking lot here in North Dallas is a skating rink and the cars can’t even get up a very small hill. Their tires just roll over it. My car is a covered in a sheet of ice. I have neighbors from Wisconsin who are laughing with me at what they have to do to deal with this, as we all know this would be a piece of cake in the North. And to close schools over it, man what a shame. But since they don’t have the plows and the salt, I can’t really blame them, as there’s not much they can do until the weather warms up hopefully in another day or so.

    Meanwhile Florida seems to be the only state unaffected. And by the way, since when does it snow in Dallas? I thought this place was like Florida? Not under 60 all year round. What’s with the freezing temperatures? HAARP? I can only imagine.

    By the way, that global warming is a BITCH! lol

    Whoops! I mean climate change (in which case the global warming supporters can escape any criticism and just make a broad claim about it, since the words “warming” and “cooling” are not in there. Way to deflect that blow, guys! Good job! Just like that war on terror without mentioning any certain terror in specific.)

    • Angel-NYC says:

      It is Hilarious and VERY Scary/Dangerous with high school/college (and some adult) idiots who have no Clue as to how to drive in it and think it’s Fun Time. Let’s Play…Skid…do Doughnuts…Oh, Boy!… Then there are the “spaghetti bowls”, over-passes, bridges…and they don’t know to even Slow Down. Oh, and forget about “Black Ice”…”Huh? What’s that?” When I grew up in College Station, we got 1/2 inch of snow and everything shut down. We weren’t exposed to it. We never learned how to deal with it, much less Drive in it. It’s a joke for anyone who’s lived w/ snow, but beware. The locals are Dangerous. Their playtime mentality and incompetence Kill people.

    • DL. says:

      Well if folks don’t know how to handle a big freeze in Dallas, then they surely can’t handle a big freeze (such as two weeks ago) in far west Texas, which never heard of snow plows, tire chains, and where a little ice destroys half the electric poles (three days…three days! without power in the Big Bend area…a first for most folks, just like three straight days of single digits back in Feb. 2011 destroyed about 70 percent of home plumbing pipes, mostly PVC! Now PEX is the next big thing for do-it-yourselfers…)

      • Angel-NYC says:

        Yup, when I grew up there, the only place that would see snow (occasionally) was the upper panhandle. Yet, in 2004, 2008, and 2011 there was snow in Galveston.

  2. Enbe says:

    There’s that entirely abnormal and manipulated upside-down bell curve on the jet stream again. What are the elite and government scum up to that they have to divert everyone’s attention?

    • NC says:

      Yep and if you look at the HAARP radar, you’ll notice it all follows the pattern as well. It’s so blatantly obvious, it’s like an open secret.

      I guess in the summer they just dry us out with drought and in the winter they freeze us out with arctic ice and winds. Gotta find some way to depopulate us.

      Oh yea and Barry is headed to Mendela’s funeral to give his regards to his terrorist buddy who passed away recently, if you haven’t heard.

      Glad he cares about us Americans. You know, the ones who he is supposed to support during times of crisis.

      Oh well. Who cares? It’s not like We the People need Barry Soetoro, Hussein, Obama, Onygala, Mendela anyways. You know, that Kenyan guy who has more last names than a Mexican immigrant. lol

  3. oldvet says:

    Here in western South Carolina we are getting crazy weather .
    Two weeks ago it was down in the low 20’s at night and mid 40’s for daytime highs and we had a dusting of snow….WAY TOO EARLY for that, That shit don’t happen until Feb or March for us.

    Then it flip-flopped…we had temps in the 60’s most all week and high of 78 today..(friday that is)……and here now at 5 am sat morning its 68 degrees with rain setting in…WTF?? with falling temps today.
    The reports are saying a cool front with rain for the next 5 days…
    That’s the scary part for us because with the converging systems it sets us up for possible Tornadoes,…yeah we get those down here,..lots of them at times. .
    So far so good they aren’t saying “danger” yet,…but when this front comes over the Blue Ridge Mnts., anything can happen.

    Odd how the weather can be so different across this big land….and it is big……from where I’m at to Henry’s area its 2700 miles,…from here to you NC,….995 so says the road atlas.

    Guys looks like we all are in for the long haul with a rough winter this year…..Try to stay warm and keep your eyes open for danger,..dont get caught with yer pants down……it would be just like the PTB’s to pull some crap during this time..

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