Winter storm system moves through Midwest
A strong storm dumped snow and sleet on Oklahoma and Texas on Thursday, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power, canceling flights and causing dozens of traffic accidents.
And Friday looks like more of the same, the National Weather Service said. Parts of northwestern Texas will be under a winter storm warning, the weather service said.
While parts of Texas were walloped with as much as 12 inches of snow Thursday, strong winds whipped Oklahoma and snow and ice caused dangerous driving conditions. At least 86 traffic accidents were reported, including 27 with injuries Thursday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 137 injuries due to slips and falls.
Storm conditions left more than 130,00 homes without power Thursday and portions of major intestates were closed because of downed power lines, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said. Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry also declared a state of emergency Thursday.
Meanwhile, airlines canceled dozens of flights in Texas and Oklahoma on Thursday, and strong winds ripped the roof off a nursing home in near Fort Worth, Texas, CNN-affiliate KDAF reported.
The nursing home had to relocate all 24 residents, Nursing Director Toni Headstream told them. “It was a big bang. It sounded like a truck hit the roof,” Headstream said. ” But nobody was hurt. We are all right.”
Though icy conditions were expected to continue in parts of Oklahoma and Texas on Friday, the ice storm system was also expected to move east into parts of Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.
On Saturday, the system is expected to move into Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and parts of northern Georgia, forecasters said.