Winter Storm Live Updates: Hundreds of Saturday Flights Cancelled in U.S.

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Snow covers Texas neighborhood
Ice and snow cover homes near the East side of White Rock Lake, TX. Brandon Wade/AP Photo

Hundreds of Saturday flights cancelled

Winter Storm Landon is finally pushing out to sea Friday, but the travel headaches look to continue through the weekend.

As of 5:40 p.m. Friday:

Around 1,100 Saturday flights within, into or out of the U.S. have been cancelled, according to FlightAware. Dallas airports are still the most impacted by the cancellations.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport accounts for about 180 of those Saturday cancellations.

Dallas Love Field Airport was also hit-hard with delays and cancellations at the height of the storm. About 30 percent of its scheduled Saturday flights are cancelled, FlightAware reports.

The overall travel forecast appears better for the weekend, but many airports warn of possible delays.

Keep generator away from home, garage

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) warns those who have generators about carbon monoxide as winter storms continue to move across many parts of the country.

"If a power loss causes you to need a generator, keep it away from your home or garage. Carbon monoxide can kill within minutes," the USFA said.

They also encourage people to ensure that they have working carbon monoxide alarms in their homes.

"Make sure you have carbon monoxide alarms in your home," the USFA said in a tweet.

Piles of snow cover cars in Vermont

Winter Storm Landon dumped more than a foot of snow across many parts of Vermont.

The snow isn't going anywhere yet as frigid temperatures linger and leaving the house won't be a quick exit for many Friday.

Chris McCloud shared a picture of a big pile of snow on the hood of his Subaru with the wipers up.

"There's a car under there...somewhere..." McCloud tweeted.

He said digging out took an hour, as snow surrounded the entire SUV. (And check out the car parked next to his!)

Many took advantage of the fresh powder, hitting the slopes at the Stowe Mountain Resort. The resort reported at least seven inches of fresh snow overnight.

Vermont ski resort
Skiers take to the slopes at the Stowe ski resort on Feb. 4. Wilson Ring/AP Photo

The National Weather Service in Burlington extended the Winter Storm Warning across its region through Friday evening.

"An additional 1-3 inches of snow is expected with the highest amounts across the Northern Adirondacks and northern and central Vermont," NWS Burlington tweeted.

Cold temperatures to stay into the weekend

While the snow and rain taper out Friday evening, cold air will continue to move through the Northeast into the weekend.

The arctic air will cause rain, snow slush and sleet from Friday to freeze on roads and sidewalks.

According to the National Weather Service, the southern Plains could experience record cold Saturday morning.

Temperatures will remain in twenties and teens throughout the mid-Atlantic, Ohio Valley and Northeast into Saturday.

Parts of Texas blanketed in snow after storm

North Texas was impacted by a winter storm that brought ice, sleet, and snow overnight Wednesday into Thursday, with some areas receiving several inches.

While some areas north and west of the Metroplex got 3-5" of snow, the southeast received lighter amounts.

According to the National Weather Service, DFW Airport received 1.7 inches of snow.

Accuweather shared a tweet of a drone video showing Plano, Texas, covered in snow after a winter storm swept through much of the lone star state.

Northeast Ohio digs out of the snow

Winter Storm Landon dumped snow across Northeast Ohio, as conditions begin to subside moving into the weekend.

One Wadsworth homeowner shared a picture Friday afternoon of his front yard blanketed with snow. Snow measured up most of the 32-inch windmill lining the pathway to his home.

The storm leaves quite a task ahead for neighborhoods like this -- as homeowners shovel out!

About 40 miles north in Cleveland, Weather Channel Meteorologist Mike Bettes showed massive piles of snow following several rounds of storms.

"38 straight hours with snow being reported at Cleveland Hopkins Airport, so it's been a very long duration," Bettes said.

He notes the "big event" is over for the area.

Areas of New England hit with over a foot of snow

Snow totals are expected to exceed one foot in parts of New England Friday.

Parts of northern Main and New Hampshire are expected to get up to 18 inches of snow by Friday Evening, according to National Weather Service (NWS) station in Gray.

Many areas have already hit a foot of snow. Augusta, Maine received 12 inches, Madison, New Hampshire got 13 inches and Braintree, Vermont has 14.5 inches, according to the NWS.

Other areas of New England are set to get a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain into the evening.

Winter weather advisories are in place throughout the region until 7 p.m.

Oklahoma child dies after car hits him while sledding

The Broken Arrow Police Department in Oklahoma are investigating the death of a child after being hit by a car while sledding on Thursday.

Police say a 12-year-old child slid down a hill on Albany near Hillside Drive when he slid too far into the street and a truck hit him shortly after 5 p.m. The truck driver did not stop, and police are still searching for the driver.

According to police, the child received CPR treatment before being taken to the hospital with "life-threatening injuries."

Authorities later confirmed the child's death.

Flight delays, cancelations continue at Dallas Fort Worth Airport

Over 3,000 U.S. flights have been canceled Friday due to the winter storm.

About 3,447 flights within, in or out of the U.S. have been canceled and 1,959 flights were delayed as of 2 p.m., according to Flight Aware.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expecting the storm will impact travel conditions in part of the Northeast Friday.

Airports in the Central U.S. are still affected by the ice and cold the storm brought Thursday.

Over 600 flights in and out of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport have been canceled Friday, Forth Worth Start-Telegram reported.

According to the FAA, departures to DFW are delayed by an average of 33 minutes due to snow and ice.

DFW said it resumed operations with "two active runways" Friday. By the afternoon, the airport opened a third runway as crews continue to treat runways and roadways as temperature remain below freezing.

Power restoration may take "days" in Memphis

Power outages could continue for "days" for more than 100,000 Memphis customers in the aftermath of Winter Storm Landon.

"We know you are anxious and want to know when your power will be restored," Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) tweeted. "It may take days."

Thursday's ice storm knocked out power to 130,000 MLGW customers. More than 121,000 are still without power as of early Friday afternoon, according to PowerOutage.us.

The utility company explained that restoration times depend on the extent of damage, hazards and number of crew members available. Crews must also clear debris to restore power.

"You may want to stay with a friend or family member if that is an option," MLGW suggested.

"Please know, we are working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power to your home and ours."

Forecasts show Memphis will only reach the 30s Friday and fall below freezing overnight.

More than half the U.S. covered in snow

More than half of the country is covered in snow after Winter Storm Landon swept across the U.S.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), snow is currently covering 50.7 percent of the U.S.

Areas from the Rockies to New England are blanketed with snow. The average snow depth is 4.7 inches.

Average Snow Depths
More than half of the country is covered in snow after Winter Storm Landon swept cross the U.S. Above, this map shows data of snow depths across the country on February 4, 2022. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA

Icy roads cause Texas interstate backup for miles

Two crashes and icy roads in Kerrville, Texas, have caused significant traffic delays for miles on interstate I-10 since 8 p.m. on Thursday.

According to Kerr County Sheriff's Office, there were two crashes at Mile Marker 501 and the other at Mile Marker 513 - both involving 18 wheelers. In addition, officials say an 18-wheeler jackknifed across I-10 blocking the interstate.

Friday morning, Broadcast Meteorologist Brad Sowder tweeted that I-10 hasn't moved in 12 hours. "This backup is miles long near Kerrville, TX," Sowder said.

The Emergency Management Coordinator and Kerr County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Texas Department of Public Safety troopers are being deployed to help local authorities clear the massive traffic backup along Interstate 10.

Severe weather claims at least three lives

Winter Storm Landon is being blamed for at least three deaths across the U.S., as millions face severe weather. Drivers across several states have been warned for days of hazardous road conditions due to ice.

Hale County, Alabama

One person was killed, and several others critically injured after a tornado ripped through the town of Sawyerville on Thursday.

Several people were pulled from the rubble of a mobile home.

"The mobile home was picked up and thrown across the road," Hale County Emergency Management Director Russell Weeden told The Weather Channel.

The tornado left extensive and widespread damage across parts of Hale County; cleanup efforts are now underway.

Bernalillo County, New Mexico:

A crash sent a driver more than 100 feet down a mountain east of Albuquerque on Wednesday.

Weather created "dangerous" conditions for search and rescue crews who worked for two days along Sandia Crest Road. The road was covered with snow.

The driver was later identified as 31-year-old David Hunter, a Metropolitan Detention Center Sergeant. Another person in his vehicle at the time was transported to the hospital.

Dallas, Texas:

The driver of a semi-truck crashed on a Dallas highway and was thrown onto the interstate below.

The driver was headed down Interstate 45 Wednesday night and crashed along the bridge over Interstate 30, KXAS-TV reports.

The driver was thrown from the cab and found on the lanes below along I-30. Deputies said a dog was also found dead at the scene.

The crash was connected to the weather, The Weather Channel reports.

Dallas 18-wheeler crash
Authorities respond to the scene of a deadly crash on I-45 Wednesday night. Texas Department of Transportation

New York DOT issues travel advisories on major roadways

New York State officials are urging residents to stay off the roads Friday as the winter storm brings icy conditions.

Governor Kathy Hochul said icy roads are the "biggest threat" facing the state right now. Residents are advised to avoid unnecessary travel.

Hochul said the weather is "wildly unpredictable" and warned that icy tree limbs can unexpectedly fall on cars while driving.

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said teams are "hitting the roads, and hitting them hard."

She said the DOT has an "elite snow-fighting team" working around the clock to clear the roads.

The DOT issued a 45 mile per hour advisory speed limit on roadways and restricted commercial trucks to the right lane along several major highways, including I-84.

"Please stay home," Dominguez said. "Let us do our jobs, let us clear the roads."

Massive power outages affect parts of New York

As winter storms move through New York, the city of Kingston and Ulster County officials provided an update on massive power outages.

During a press conference Friday morning, County Executive Pat Ryan estimated more than 39,156 homes in Ulster County are now without power. Ryan also warned that it might take time for the electricity within those homes to be fully restored.

The City of Kingston Mayor Steve Noble also reported 50% of the city's residents are without power.

"With sleet, freezing rain, and wintry weather are expected to continue into the afternoon, the utility expects additional outages to occur during the day," Central Hudson said in a statement. "Restoration activities are expected to extend into Saturday and possibly Sunday."

Ice causes "hazardous" road conditions across NY

Ice poses the largest threat across New York Friday, as Winter Storm Landon pushes up the Northeast.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul warned against ice causing "hazardous" road conditions, as another round is expected.

"This storm is throwing everything at us... we have snow, we have freezing rain, we have sleet, we have icy roads," Hochul said, asking drivers to stay off the road if possible.

New York Director of State Operations Kathryn Garcia said while half an inch of ice may not seem significant, its comparable to half an inch of snow.

Some parts of New York are covered with well over a foot of snow.

Up to 18 inches of snow has fallen in the Fingerlakes, Central New York and parts of the Mohawk Valley, especially in Syracuse.

Another eight to 12 inches has fallen in the North Country.

Power outages are also a concern, more than 52,700 customers were without power as of Friday morning. More than 5,700 workers are managing and restoring power across the state, Hochul said.

Tree crashes into Tennessee home during storm

The Weather Channel's broadcast meteorologist Tevin Wooten shared a tweet showing a large tree that had fallen through someone's home in the Memphis, Tennessee, area.

Though no one was injured, the tree caused significant structural damage in multiple parts of the pictured home.

"This is why we're most concerned about this storm. Southern winter storms pack a damaging ice threat. Trees continue to topple in Memphis," Wooten tweeted.

Over 2,000 Friday flights canceled across U.S.

More than 6,000 flights were canceled across the U.S. Thursday, as Winter Storm Landon blanketed much of the country.

As of early Thursday evening, more than 6,100 flights within, into or out of the U.S. were canceled, FlightAware reports. The travel headache is set to continue into the weekend; the site shows 2,300 Friday flights across the U.S. already cancelled.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) was forced to close most of Thursday morning due to snowy and icy conditions. Two runways reopened for operations late Thursday, DFW said five runways operate on a typical day.

"Due to ongoing weather conditions, we anticipate intermediate stoppages throughout the day to treat for snow and ice," DFW tweeted.

A "majority" of flights were canceled Thursday at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. FlightAware reports nearly 450 cancelations.

Ways to stay warm in your car during travel

As Winter Storm Landon makes its way across the U.S., many still have to travel on the road. Here are a few ways to help you stay warm during your car commute.

  1. Have thermal blankets on hand

If you need to spend a period in your car with the engine and heat off, you'll want something to keep you warm, especially if the temperature outside is dangerously low. Thermal blankets are a great asset because they can store in compact spaces like glove boxes or backpacks.

2. Store warm clothing in the car

Bundling up in winter gear is an easy way to stay warm in your car as well. Along with making sure you've got your winter coat handy, use other accessories like your gloves, scarves, and hats to bundle up when needed. The key to staying warm is by layering up, so you may even want to have a thermal long-sleeve shirt, leggings, or long johns available.

3. Keep an eye on your fuel levels

Try to get gas before you begin your travel. If you find yourself stuck in your car for more than a few hours and you start running low on fuel, you may want to get strategic about how you're using it. AAA says you should only run the engine and heater long enough to remove the chill if you need to heat your car. While running your vehicle, set your temperature controls to the warmest setting possible—when you turn your engine off. The warm air in your vehicle will only be retained for a little while. Just be sure that your car's exhaust isn't clogged with snow or any other obstruction, as this could lead to carbon monoxide gas leaking into the vehicle as the engine runs.

4. Add a warm steering wheel cover

A steering wheel cover is an excellent investment for a cold winter. A soft and fuzzy steering wheel cover can help to keep your hands warm, especially if you don't have a supply of hand warmers or mittens on you.

Several tornados hit Alabama

Several tornados have hit Alabama.

There were confirmed tornados near Low Gap, Mertz, Evansville and Sawyerville, according to WWVTM.

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A tornado was also a reported tornado east of Duncanville, according to the National Weather Service station in Birmingham.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued tornado warning for parts of Tuscaloosa, Shelby, Bibb and Jefferson Counties. Those warnings have just been canceled as of 4:24 p.m. Several other counties are under a tornado watch.

Illinois drivers face blowing snow on highways

Winter Storm Landon caused treacherous road conditions across much of Illinois Thursday.

ABC News Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee shared a video from Interstate 55 in central Illinois, showing semi-trucks that slid off the road.

"Stopped counting at this point ... I-55 near Towanda, IL," Zee tweeted. "Snow is done but highways are littered with slide-offs."

Numerous crashes were reported Thursday afternoon on Interstate 55 north of Springfield, amid poor visibility and blowing snow.

A map shared by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) shows nearly all roads in the region covered by snow and ice Thursday afternoon.

"Blowing and drifting snow continue to plague roads across the state," IDOT tweeted.

Crews are plowing and salting roads across the region. IDOT shared video of a plow in Monroe County where roads were covered in snow.

"The front- and side-mounted blades cover more of the road and push more snow out of the way – very helpful on days like today," IDOT wrote.

Kentucky declares fourth State of Emergency in eight weeks

There have been four State of Emergency declarations made in Kentucky in the last eight weeks.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear made the most recent declaration Wednesday ahead of the severe weather from Winter Storm Landon.

There were three other emergency declarations made within two months.

  • January 6, 2022: A State of Emergency was declared following heavy snow
  • January 1, 2022: A State of Emergency was declared due to heavy rain, hail, thunderstorms and strong wind
  • December 10 and 11, 2021: A State of Emergency was declared in preparation for severe thunderstorms and damage from deadly tornados

Icy weather conditions cause trees to snap in Tennessee

Icy weather conditions in Tennessee are now causing trees to snap and fall as major storms impact the area.

A video shared in a tweet by Weather Nation shows a large tree falling to the ground in the West Memphis area alongside other trees due to ice and severe cold weather.

According to the Weather Nation tweet, more than 100,000 people are now without power as weather conditions worsen in the Memphis area.

Weather reports indicate that temperatures will drop, and freezing rain will continue to affect parts of Tennessee for the remainder of the day up to Friday morning.

Deer seen running through snow during storm

While people endure the cold, snow and ice from Winter Storm Landon inside their homes, some of West Michigan's four-legged residents seem to be enjoying the weather.

Jasmine Moton captured video of a herd of deer running through the snow during storm Thursday.

Some areas of West Michigan received between 10 and 13 inches of snow and over 200 schools closed Thursday, according to WWMT-TV.

Part of major highway closed near St. Louis

A multi-vehicle crash forced part of a major interstate near St. Louis, Missouri to shutdown Thursday, as a winter storm rolled across the state.

The westbound lanes of Interstate 70 are closed between Bryan Road and Lake St. Louis Boulevard near Lake St. Louis after a crash involving three tractor-trailers and two passenger cars.

Crews are working in snowy and icy conditions clearing the scene and re-routing traffic. The road is expected to remain closed for an extended period of time, according to local media.

Several on and off ramps were closed across Interstate 70 in Saint Louis County early Thursday afternoon, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

MoDOT urged drivers to avoid traveling, if possible, to allow crews to safely clear roads.

"Though the weather has slowed down, many roads are still covered to partially covered," MoDOT tweeted. "The frigid temps, high winds, and drifting snow will make clearing the roads a more time-consuming process."

Ice storms caused downed trees, powerlines in Memphis

Winter Storm Landon has brought ice storms to Memphis, Tennessee.

According to Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division (MLGW), it only takes a quarter-inch of ice build-up to "do major damage."

The ice has toppled trees and caused branches to fall down on homes, roads and power lines.

There are more than 103,000 people without power across the city, according to MLGW. The company is unsure how many more outages are coming, WHBQ's Kayla Solomon reported.

Officials from police, fire and public works departments are working to clear debris around the city. City officials said there are at 16 salt trucks on the roads.

Texas ice storm "most significant" in decades

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called Thursday's ice storm among the "most significant" in several decades, reassuring Texans there is "plenty" of power available.

Icy conditions in Texas
Ice coats tree branches in Dallas, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. LM Otero/AP Photo

During a press conference Thursday, Abbott said the power grid is performing "very well" at this time, noting there is enough extra power to supply two million homes.

The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) is operating the grid much more "conservatively" than last year, PUC Chair Peter Lake said. He explained extensive preparations were made ahead of the ice storm, after the grid failed last year causing blackouts for several days. He called the grid the most "reliable" it's been.

Despite an "extraordinary" amount of extra power supply, more than 70,000 Texans are currently without power. Abbott cited issues with local power providers due to heavy winds and ice causing downed lines.

During the press conference, Abbott signed a proclamation for 17 counties allowing the Texas Department of Public Safety to wave some regulations to speed up power restoration efforts.

Energy officials said they do not expect issues with gas and no boil water notices have been issued.

Storms continue to impact southern states

The National Weather Service's Weather Center predicts a slight risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening over portions of southeast Louisiana, southern Mississippi, central and southern Alabama, and the western Florida panhandle.

Thunderstorms capable of damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes are possible today into this evening in parts of the deep South.

This latest round of storms comes as much of the South and Midwest face the aftermath of severe cold weather.

Parts of Ohio to receive up to a foot of snow

Most areas of Northeast Ohio are expected to receive up to a foot of snow Thursday, as officials warn of ice causing hazardous road conditions across the state.

Southwestern Ohio is under a Winter Storm Warning. The National Weather Service (NWS) Wilmington called travel conditions "bad and getting worse."

NWS issued an ice storm warning for south central Ohio late Thursday morning.

"We are expecting significant ice accumulations before there is a change to sleet and then snow," NWS Wilmington tweeted.

"The ice accumulations will cause significant impacts across these areas."

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) urged drivers statewide to avoid any unnecessary travel, as more than 1,200 snow plows were clearing roads across the state Thursday morning.

"Even our crews are struggling to travel in these conditions across the state," ODOT tweeted, after an ODOT crew hit ice and slid off the highway in Columbiana County.

Statewide, forecasters expect the heaviest snow to fall late Thursday afternoon, winds are expected to increase as temperatures dip. Snow is expected to accumulate throughout the evening.

"Expect travel conditions to worsen significantly," NWS Cleveland tweeted.

In central Ohio, more than a dozen counties are under a snow emergency.

Indiana highway shut down after tractor-trailers 'jackknife'

Ice and snow have caused traffic issues along several roadways across the country.

The westbound lanes of Interstate 74 were shut down near Greensburg, Indiana Thursday morning after multiple tractor-trailers jackknifed, according to Indiana State Police.

The Texas Department of Transportation warned motorists to drive slowly after icy conditions were reported on Interstate 10 in El Paso. There was a vehicle rollover reported earlier in the morning.

An Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) truck slid off the road while treating State Route 46 Thursday. The driver was not harmed.

"This goes to show it doesn't matter what vehicle you're driving, ice is NOT forgiving!" the ODOT said in a tweet.

At least 130,000 lose power across South and Midwest

According to Poweroutage.us, at least 130,000 customers have lost power as freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and sleet continue to move through the South and the Midwest U.S.

Weather reports show that Texas and Arkansas are the most impacted states, with 70,000 outages in Texas and more than 25,000 homes and businesses without electricity in Arkansas.

Local electric providers in Texas and Arkansas have not given the word on when power will be restored.

The winter storm is expected to move to impact much of the central and Northeastern U.S. through Friday night, based on information from the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center.

DFW closed, hundreds of flights cancelled

Snow and ice forced the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to close Thursday morning, as a strong winter storm pushes through the region.

More than 1,100 flights had already been cancelled at DFW as of 9:30 a.m. CST Thursday, according to Flight Aware.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expects DFW to reopen at 11 a.m. CST, it was closed around 6 a.m.

"DFW confirms our runways are not operational while being treated for snow and ice," the airport tweeted. "We anticipate reopening the first runway within the next hour."

Airport officials urge travelers to check with their airline before heading to DFW.