The end of the long Thanksgiving weekend today Nov. 29 has turned into a disaster for travelers and residents from Texas through Iowa due to massive winter storms that have already caused over a dozen deaths and resulted in power losses in Oklahoma. CNN reports that authorities in Kansas say four people died in car accidents caused by freezing rain and at least three people were killed because of flooding in a Dallas suburb. “Some 83,000 customers were without power in Oklahoma; according to utility company OG&E. There are numerous reports of trees down across the state. At least 400 utility crews have been deployed and they have restored power to 50,000, the company says.”
According the Herald Tribune on line, the band of storms has been moving through parts of the Plains and the Midwest since Thursday has been blamed for at least 14 deaths, including eight in Texas and six in Kansas. A 70-year-old woman whose car was swept away by flash flooding Friday in Fort Worth remained missing Saturday. Travelers trying to get home for work tomorrow and residents in parts of Oklahoma and Kansas will find icy conditions improving today Nov. 29 but temperatures will still be just above freezing. According to a spokesperson for Texas Department of Transportation, After “a major refreeze” Saturday night, “we’re expecting a much better day” Sunday “and Monday is expected to be beautiful.”
The band of storms that has been moving through parts of the Plains and the Midwest since Thursday has been blamed for at least 14 deaths, including eight in Texas and six in Kansas. A 70-year-old woman whose car was swept away by flash flooding Friday in Fort Worth remained missing Saturday.
Although the icy conditions were expected to persist in parts of Oklahoma and Kansas through the end of Saturday, temperatures on Sunday were expected to be above freezing in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles, allowing the region to thaw out, the National Weather Service said.
After “a major refreeze” Saturday night, “we’re expecting a much better day” Sunday “and Monday is expected to be beautiful,” said Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Paul Braun in Amarillo. On Saturday, authorities in Kansas blamed icy roads for four Friday traffic deaths near Wichita, adding to two others in the state Thursday. Northeastern Texas and central Arkansas are not out of the woods. Both areas are expected to get up to four more inches of rain resulting in possible flooding. The Herald Examiner story said that seven people were rescued from vehicles in floodwaters in separate incidents at the same intersection near Afton in northeastern Oklahoma and that the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Afton firefighters said three small children and two women were rescued from their car after the car was swept into a creek at the intersection of two county roads.
Today’s forecast calls for rain from Texas to the Mid-Atlantic states with freezing drizzle expected in southern Nebraska and central Kansas, and snow possible from Colorado to the western Dakotas.