Powerful winter storm could affect Thanksgiving travel plans

Storm already blamed for 10 deaths

CINCINNATI -- A powerful winter storm moving through the south through the Appalachian Mountains toward the East Coast could have a disastrous effect on holiday travel.

WCPO’s Larry Handley said the worst of the snow from this system will fall Tuesday night into Wednesday morning from eastern Ohio through western Pennsylvania into the eastern Great Lakes where 6 inches or more could accumulate.

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Most of the East Coast will be dealing with rain and icy roads will make travel hazardous near and along the Appalachian chain.

While the Tri-State is only expecting light accumulation, the effects on the rest of the country could wreak havoc on Thanksgiving travel plans.

However, any deviation in the track of the storm could mean greater amounts for the Tri-State.

The storm dropped more than 10 inches of snow on parts of southwest Oklahoma overnight, and a winter weather advisory remained in place for much of the southeast of the state with freezing rain and sleet in the cards.

The weather was blamed in at least 10 deaths in traffic accidents. The storm also caused hundreds of rollover accidents, including one that injured three members of singer Willie Nelson's band when their bus hit a pillar on Interstate 30 near Sulphur Springs, about 75 miles northeast of Dallas.

Early Monday, the Texas Department of Public Safety said two people died in separate wrecks Saturday night on snow-covered roads near Amarillo and Dumas.

That same storm is already causing issues for the airlines.

Nearly 300 flights American Airlines and American Eagle were canceled in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Monday due to the weather, spokeswoman Laura Masvidal said, mirroring disruptions at the air hub a day earlier.

Stay with WCPO.com and on-air for the latest updates.

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