UPDATE: Thanksgiving travel plans under threat for some travelers
By Alexander Smith and Erin McClam, NBC News
wintry storm system is threatening plans for millions of Americans who
will fly or drive somewhere for Thanksgiving — with some of the worst
weather expected on Wednesday, the busiest travel day of the year.
first part of Tuesday will be mild, but then heavy rain will soak the
I-95 corridor while interior areas will be hit with icy, snowy
conditions. Now that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, the rough
weather couldn't come at a worse time. Weather Channel meteorologist
Chris Warren reports.
have already heaped up to a foot of snow on the mountains of Utah and
Colorado and claimed 13 lives, including a 4-year-old girl who was
killed in a rollover crash on an icy road in New Mexico.
weather pattern is picking up speed and heading for the Northeast, and
the 43 million Americans who plan to travel for Thanksgiving are at
risk. Rain and ice sweeping across the South will converge with a storm
system pushing down from the Great Lakes.
is a lethal combination for winter weather in the Northeast," said
Tom Niziol, a winter weather expert for The Weather Channel.
the 43 million travelers are 3.1 million expected to fly. Flights
could be delayed in New York, Boston, Washington and Baltimore. That is
because of expected low clouds and strong wind, said Kevin Roth, lead
meteorologist for The Weather Channel.
In the Northeast, the worst weather is expected Tuesday and Wednesday.
"If people traveling can get out before then, or wait until afterward, that would be the best thing," Roth said.
damaging winds – with gusts of 50 mph to 60 mph -- were forecast for
New York City and Boston as well as surrounding areas from Tuesday night
into Wednesday afternoon. The strongest winds were due late Tuesday.
National Weather Service issued a High Wind Watch for those areas,
warning that powerful winds out of the south -- generally from 24-40 mph
-- have the potential to topple trees and knock down tree limbs and
power lines that could lead to power outages.
Monday alone, nearly 600 flights were canceled and scores more delayed
across the country, most due to the weather, according to
FlightAware.com, a website that tracks airline traffic.
As the storm moved precariously east, the website unveiledits
"misery map." Chicago's O'Hare International Airport as well as the
airports in Dallas Fort-Worth, New York, Denver and Washington, D.C.,
showed the most red for misery on the map Monday evening.
of California and the Southwest were slammed by severe weather over
the weekend, with 13 deaths reported. NBC's Dylan Dreyer reports.
system moving across the South is expected to bring ice to Tennessee,
Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and parts of the Carolinas late
Monday night and into Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it will link up with
the system pushing down from the Great Lakes, bringing heavy snow to
parts of Pennsylvania and upstate New York, and heavy rain closer to
the Northeast coast.
The storm is forecast to dump up to a foot
of snow on Buffalo and Syracuse, N.Y., and up to eight inches on
Pittsburgh, Roth said.
The massive storm system — which the
National Weather Service deemed "complicated" — was not only forecast to
dump snow, but sleet and freezing rain were possible hazards from the
central Appalachians to northern New England. Rain was almost assured
in most parts of the eastern seaboard.
A swath of heavy rain,
some 2 to 3 inches of it, will deluge central Gulf Coast up to New
England through Wednesday, Dr. Greg Forbes, The Weather Channel's
severe weather expert, reported. Some areas may get as many as 4 inches
of rain or more with the potential for localized flooding.
a frigid, blustery weekend in the Northeast, 1,000 people were already
without power in Connecticut after high wind brought down a power
line, NBC Connecticut reported.
A winter storm system already has killed eight, while bringing snow to the southwest. Now, the system is making its way to northeast and could impact holiday travel severely. NBC's Miguel Almaguer reports.
storm system threatening Thanksgiving plans started in the West on
Thursday, where it killed three people in California. It moved on to New
Mexico and Texas, both of which were under winter storm warnings
Up to 11,000 customers were still without power in parts
of Texas Monday in the aftermath of outages that peaked at more than
27,000 customers, NBC Dallas Fort-Worth reported. Over the weekend, more than 300 flights in North Texas were cancelled in anticipation of ice.
storm sped up and moved on through Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Three
of the people died in a pileup of a dozen vehicles in the Texas
Panhandle, and four were killed in Oklahoma, officials told NBC News.
Another man was killed in flooding in Arizona.
Detroit middle school student, Malik Shelton, was killed after he
touched an electrical power line downed by the storm system last week,
the medical examiner confirmed Monday. He was walking home from Burns
Middle School, closed because of a power outage, when the incident
occurred, police said. He was revived and taken to the hospital but died
on Saturday. A funeral was planned for Tuesday, NBC station WDIV
By Thanksgiving Day, the system will have moved out over the Atlantic Ocean.
Tom Costello and Jeff Black of NBC News also contributed to this report.