Over 2,600 flights have been canceled Monday, with airports in Denver, Dallas, Houston and Chicago hit the hardest, as a major winter storm unleashes heavy snow and ice across the South.
Up to 6 inches of snowfall has already buried parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee.
Check out this video from one of our crews showing poor driving conditions due to blowing snow on the I-44/Will Rogers Turnpike in Northeastern Oklahoma. Please delay travel during this weather event. #okwx pic.twitter.com/e5gIgIeJLV
— Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (@OKTurnpike) January 14, 2024
— Mark Kelly TV (@MarkKelly_News) January 15, 2024
Major cities in the snowstorm's path for Monday include Little Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; and Nashville, Tennessee.
Near Houston, an 18-wheeler overturned due to ice on a freeway, shutting down traffic in both directions, according to Houston ABC station KTRK.
ICE ALERT: Y’all, this is not a drill! I-10 is getting shut down in both directions west of Houston in Brookshire. Ice is all over the freeway with an overturned 18-wheeler in one direction and another accident in the opposite direction.
— Travis Herzog ⚡️ (@TravisABC13) January 15, 2024
Here's a look at our office parking lot at about 11:15pm. These conditions should continue for the Concho Valley and southward for next few hours.
— NWS San Angelo (@NWSSanAngelo) January 15, 2024
Schools will be closed Tuesday in Little Rock and Nashville due to the weather. Denver Public Schools also announced classes were canceled for Tuesday.
Pictures from Saturn Parkway, close to I-65. City streets remain covered. Public Works plow trucks will be out today. PLEASE DO NOT SLED IN THE STREET. We had several close calls with plow trucks almost unable to stop for people sledding. They can not stop quickly. #tspotter pic.twitter.com/p5lyEGfM6R
— Spring Hill Police (@SHPDTN) January 15, 2024
If you are out in this weather searching for food good luck. We passed dozens of fast food establishments that are closed. We finally found a McDonald’s in Antioch open, but only the drive through @WKRN pic.twitter.com/dT97PfVEe5
— Stephanie Langston (@stephnthecity) January 15, 2024
The snow will keep falling in the South throughout Monday, with an icy mix moving into southern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia at night. Drivers should be on the lookout for slick roads through Tuesday morning.
Did you know Middle Tennessee is home to river otters? Did you also know they are absolutely precious while playing in the snow? Dawn Garrison Parker captured video of this sweet thing frolicking off Old Hickory Lake! https://t.co/WbC5aCAn73 pic.twitter.com/SlEpf10hBS
— WKRN News 2 (@WKRN) January 15, 2024
Record cold settles into Texas, much of the Heartland
Meanwhile, the Heartland is seeing record-low temperatures, with wind chill alerts issued from the U.S.-Canada border in Montana to the Rio Grande in Texas along the U.S.-Mexico border.
All-time lows could be recorded Monday in Sioux City, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Austin, Texas; and Dallas.
During the Republican presidential caucuses in Iowa Monday night, the wind chill -- what the temperature feels like -- is forecast to plunge to minus 25 degrees.
On Tuesday, temperatures will be in the teens and single digits for Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.
In Chicago, the wind chill is forecast to drop to minus 23 degrees on Tuesday.
The record cold is forecast to linger over the next couple days from Nebraska to Texas to Mississippi.
Snow on the way for the Northeast, including Philadelphia and New York City
Monday night into Tuesday, snow and ice is expected from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia, New York City and Boston. Some areas could see 1 to 3 inches of snow.
Lake-effect snow is also pounding western New York.
Up to 27 inches of snow fell just south of Buffalo, New York, this weekend, with up to 1 foot of snow accumulating in the city.
The Buffalo Bills were set to host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, but the game was pushed to 4:30 p.m. Monday because Sunday's intense snowfall made driving nearly impossible.
— Sean Mickey WKBW (@SeanMickey7) January 14, 2024
On Monday morning, the Bills were still looking for volunteers to help shovel snow from the stadium.
Game day morning in Orchard Park.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 15, 2024
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz warned that many seats may still be covered in snow by game time.
Important info for those going to the game:
🏈Parking lots do not open until 12:30 pm.
🛻Main roads are good but exercise caution while driving due to cleanup still ongoing.
❄️Gates open at 2:30 pm, many seats/bleachers will be snow covered.
⛄Dress warmly, it will be cold!
— Mark Poloncarz (@markpoloncarz) January 15, 2024
The heaviest snow is ending in Buffalo, but the National Weather Service has issued another winter storm watch for the city for Tuesday night into Thursday, with the possibility of 2 to 3 feet of snowfall.
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