February 4, 2011 by USA Post
Houston Traffic, Houston was under a winter storm warning until noon, local time and not less than 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) of sleet and ice can accumulate, according to the National Weather Service. Dallas and Fort Worth were covered by no less than 6 inches of snow, according to AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania. At least 100 traffic accidents were reported in the Houston area today, prompting officials to close highways of ice coated the Houston Chronicle reported. “It will be winter precipitation all the way to the Gulf Coast,” said Dan Pydynowski, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather. He said sleet and ice could reach all the way to Brownsville, Texas to the Mexican border.
Earlier this week, a giant snowstorm across the northern United States to land nearly 13,000 flights in Chicago and pounded with wind gusts of 70 mph (113 kph) and 20 inches of snow. Cold in Texas Three hundred flights were canceled Friday at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, while airport Dallas Love Field was closed, officials said. “We cleared a runway (at the airport of Love), but there are roads to get to the track which remains a problem,” said Jose Torres, spokeswoman for the city Aviation Administration.
In southern Texas, Corpus Christi International Airport remained closed Friday because of ice, officials said, while freezing rain and snow covered much of downtown Houston.
The band of freezing weather has also expanded into Louisiana and parts of Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri, forecasters said.
“Travel in southwestern Arkansas becomes dangerous this morning,” said spokesman David Nilles Emergency Management.
Interstate 30 and other roads in the Texarkana area are covered with snow, and traffic is slower than normal. ”
American Airlines canceled 630 flights from Dallas on Friday, according to spokesman Ed Martelle society, who said the airline had canceled 739 flights nationwide.
In New Orleans, a mix of rain and sleet fell in northern districts of the city and outlying areas.
Louisiana Bobby Jindal said the governor of a state of emergency Thursday in anticipation of the weather, the activation of the State Crisis Action Team to control potentially dangerous conditions that could affect parts of the state in the coming days.
State government offices in 55 parishes in Louisiana were closed Friday because of winter weather.
Southwest Airlines canceled all flights to Corpus Christi, Harlingen and Houston Hobby Airport in Texas on Thursday, according to company spokeswoman Marilee McInnis. The airline canceled a total of 157 flights, “she said.
Continental Airlines said it has suspended most of its operations from Houston Intercontinental Airport from Thursday afternoon to Friday afternoon because of icy precipitation expected.
Houston has also closed schools on Friday; according to the spokesman at the school district Osborne Sarah Greer.
In Oklahoma, a sport utility vehicle skidded off a bridge and plunged 80 feet into a river along Interstate 44, killing at least three people Thursday, police spokesman George Brown.
In South Dakota, the winter weather prompted officials to close a 90-mile stretch of Highway 29 from Watertown to the border of North Dakota Thursday because of blizzard conditions, according to state authorities, which reported numerous accidents and whiteout conditions along the route.
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