- Hundreds of flights were canceled in the Northeast Friday.
- Drivers were stranded for hours along I-10 near Kerrville, Texas.
- More than 300,000 homes and businesses were without power.
- Three deaths were blamed on this storm system, including a tornado victim in Alabama.
Winter Storm Landon pivoted into the Northeast today, but with many roads untreated and frozen, travel concerns were still happening all the way back into Texas.
Here’s the latest news on this storm. For Thursday’s live updates page, click here.
Truck Driver Dies in Icy Oklahoma Crash
A truck driver died in a crash on an icy stretch of Interstate 35 in southern Oklahoma on Thursday. Reports said the incident happened in Carter County, about halfway between Oklahoma City and Dallas.
The driver was identified by State Police as Samuel D. Jim, 31, of Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Jim was traveling north at the 27 mile marker when he lost control on the ice-covered roadway.
From 12 a.m. Wednesday to 10 a.m. today, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol responded to 533 calls to assist motorists, 72 collisions with injuries and 464 without and 134 reports of abandoned vehicles on roadways.
Hundreds of Thousands Still Without Power
More than 350,000 power outages are stil being reported from Texas to New York as of 2:15 p.m. EST, according to PowerOutage.us.
Memphis, with more than 130,000, remains the top spot. The city looked like an icy ghost town as the storm moved through.
Each outage represents a customer – typically one home, building or business – meaning that several thousand more are personally affected by the outages.
Other top outages are:
-Ohio, with 80,674.
-New York, with 60,585.
-Pennsylvania, with 38,619.
-West Virginia, with 24.282.
-Texas, with 16,241.
Airport Delays Persist at DFW
More than 200 flights are canceled for Saturday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, after more than 2,300 were canceled Thursday and Friday combined, according to tracking website FlightAware.
Friday morning, the airport reported two runways were open.
Travel delays are also ongoing at major Northeast hubs including Boston Logan, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty.
Traffic Moving After 17-Hour Backup on I-10 in Texas
Traffic appears to be flowing again on westbound Interstate 10 in Kerr County, about 60 miles northwest of San Antonio, after drivers were stranded overnight, according to News4 San Antonio.
Trucks and cars came to a standstill on an icy stretch of the road about 60 miles northwest of San Antonio Thursday evening, after semis jacknifed conditions made it difficult for vehicles to get over hills on the route.
“At 6:15 (p.m.) it started slowing way down,” Carol Buettner, who was on her way to work as a nurse, told weather.com in an interview Friday morning. “At 8:50 (p.m.) I saw the sign that said I was 1 mile from the next exit, which is a back road that I can take … and (traffic) came to a dead stop 0.3 miles from that exit. And then I was boxed in. I had semis all around me. One on the shoulder, one on the front, one to the other side and two in the back of me.”
Buettner finally made it to her exit – and then home – about 12 hours later.
Ice Knocks Out Power in Hudson Valley
Nearly a half inch of freezing rain is being reported in some parts of New York’s Hudson Valley, where Gov. Kathy Hochul said this morning that roads in some areas were hazardous due to ice.
Photos posted to social media from Ulster County showed trees covered and limbs and wires down. About 57,000 people are without power in the region, including about 43,000 in Ulster.
Child Killed in Hit and Run While Sledding
A 12-year-old boy was killed Thursday afternoon while sledding in a Tulsa suburb.
Police in Broken Arrow said a car hit the boy in the street, and then drove away. The driver hadn’t been located as of about noon EST, according to The Associated Press.
Dallas Shutting Down Bus, Rail Service Until Sunday
Dallas Area Rapid Transit will stop service at noon today and plans to resume at noon Sunday, according to an announcement posted on social media.
DART cited “the untenable ice conditions across North Texas” as the reason for the 48-hour shutdown.
New York Governor: ‘Stay Off The Roads’
“We have snow, we have freezing rain, we have sleet, we have icy roads,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a morning new briefing.
The biggest concern of those is ice, Hochul said, as salt applied to roads ahead of the storm was washed away by rain. Salt crews are out in force in affected areas.
“Our best advice is just to stay off the roads,” the governor said. “They’re absolutely hazardous.”
Travel Ban, Speed Restrictions on Interstate 90 in Massachusetts
Tractor trailers, tandem trucks and special permit vehicles are restricted from traveling on I-90 as of 10:30 a.m. EST, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. travel ban now in place on I-90.
In addition, a 40 mph speed restriction is in place on the interstate from the New York state border to Boston’s Logan Airport.
State Police have responded to numerous calls and posted a video showing a wrecked vehicle on the interstate near Boston.
Power Could Be Out For Several Days in Parts of Memphis
Memphis Light, Gas and Water is telling its 130,000 customers without power to consider staying somewher elise if possible.
“We know you are anxious and want to know when your power will be restored,” the utility said in a morning update. “It may take days. You may want to stay with a friend or a family member if that is an option.”
Restoration times will depend on the extent of the damage in the area of the outage, hazards to crews and the number of works available, the update added.
Hundreds of Flights Canceled in Northeast
Snow and ice took their toll on the major Northeast hubs Friday morning. According to FlightAware, more than 1,000 flights were canceled into and out of the region on Friday alone. Boston and New York City’s big three airports led the way in the Northeast, though Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport still had the most cancellations nationwide, with more than 600.
Drivers Stuck on I-10 Northwest of San Antonio
Multiple crashes occurred on a northbound stretch of Interstate 10 near Kerrville, Texas, leaving hundreds of drivers in a standstill for hours. KENS-TV reported that the interstate became blocked late Thursday night and remained closed Friday morning.
In addition to the jackknifed semis blocking much of the interstate, vehicles also struggled to make it over icy hills, and deicing crews were on their way to treat the road Friday morning, News 4 San Antonio reported. No injuries have been reported.
Temperatures plunged to 19 degrees in Kerrville overnight, with wind chills dipping below zero while drivers attempted to stay warm in their vehicles. The incident occurred about 60 miles northwest of San Antonio.
Three Deaths in Rain, Winter Weather and Tornado
The Weather Channel has confirmed three deaths from the storm system known as Winter Storm Landon:
-One death Wednesday in a weather-related accident along Sandia Crest Road in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, just east of Albuquerque.
-The driver of an 18-wheeler died in a crash on Interstate 45 in Dallas Wednesday night. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office said the cause was still under investigation Friday morning, but conditions were rainy and wet at the time.
-On the warm side of this storm system, one person died in Hale County, Alabama, when a tornado struck near the town of Sawyerville Thursday afternoon.
Power Outages Top 300,000
More than 300,000 homes and businesses were without power from Texas to New York Friday morning, according to PowerOutage.us. The states with the most outages:
-Tennessee: More than 130,000 customers without power
-New York: 40,000
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