Nearly 1,000 flights inside, to and from the United States had been canceled Tuesday as an ice storm swept over components of the South.
The storm was concentrated in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan space, leaving the area hit the hardest with journey points, with 288 flights canceled at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, based on the on-line flight tracker FlightAware.
The space is house to each American Airlines and Southwest Airlines and as of early Tuesday, no less than 319 Southwest flights had been listed as canceled, together with 308 American Airlines flights. At least 90 Southwest flights had been delayed, whereas 29 American Airlines flights had been additionally listed as delayed, based on FlightAware.
The ice storm was anticipated to be “extended and vital” and to “proceed impacting a big space from the southern Plains to the Tennessee Valley,” based on the National Weather Service.
It mentioned the “dangerous” ice storm is predicted to proceed into no less than early Thursday, bringing chilly air, freezing rain and sleet, together with journey chaos and delays.
“Widespread complete ice accretion of larger than 0.25″ is probably going from West Texas to western Tennessee, with localized areas receiving as a lot as 0.75″,” the climate service mentioned. That quantity of ice, it warned, may result in hazardous journey circumstances, together with tree injury and scattered energy outages throughout the hardest-hit areas.
Sleet accumulations round a half inch or greater are additionally doable from West Texas to Arkansas, which the climate service mentioned may result in “treacherous” journey circumstances.
Ice storm warnings, winter storm warnings and winter climate advisories have been issued in affected areas, it mentioned, warning vacationers to test highway circumstances earlier than heading out anyplace and to drive with excessive warning.
In Texas, Forth Worth ambulance service MedStar responded to 142 motorcar crashes inside 24 hours of the winter storm, with 19 of them occurring in a single day, spokesperson Matt Zavadsky mentioned. Sixteen of these crashes had been rollover crashes.
MedStar additionally responded to eight sufferers affected by hypothermia. Seven sufferers had been transported to native hospitals with 5 in critical situation. The ambulance service additionally reported that 9 sufferers had been injured from slipping on ice.
The chilly air mass bringing chilly to the mid-South can also be anticipated to carry well-below-average temperatures and wind chills all through the central and the western U.S., the climate service mentioned.
Wind chill warnings and advisories have been issued throughout the central and the northern Plains, as effectively as for components of the Intermountain West.
Colin Sheeley contributed.