storm brings snow, sleet to Midwest, Northeast after slamming Texas
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[December 29, 2015]
(Reuters) - A storm system that
triggered deadly tornadoes and flooding in the U.S. Midwest and
Southwest was pushing north on Tuesday, bringing snow and ice to a swath
of the country from Iowa to Massachusetts, and setting up another day of
air travel delays.
More than 40 people were killed in wild weather in the United
States during the Christmas holiday season, including 11 in the
Dallas area who died in a series of twisters that reduced buildings
and homes to splinters.
The severe weather also stranded tens of thousands of air travelers
during one of busiest travel periods of the year.
By early Tuesday, nearly 600 flights had been canceled in the United
States. About 2,900 flights were canceled on Monday and nearly 5,000
others delayed according to FlightAware.com.
Travelers, on the roads or at airports, could expect a new round of
delays, the weather forecasting site AccuWeather said.
Parts of eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois were
under flood warnings and flood watches early Tuesday, while up to a
foot (30 cm) of snow was forecast for Iowa and the Great Lakes
region, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.
The Northeast, which basked under unusually warm temperatures over
the Christmas holiday, was getting its first major snow and ice of
the season, with significant snowfall in upstate New York and New
England. The busy corridor from New York City to Washington D.C.
could expect sleet and rain through midday Tuesday, according to the
In Chicago, pelted by sleet and strong winds, more than 1,300
flights were canceled on Monday at O'Hare International Airport, the
country's second busiest airport and a hub for both United Airlines
and American Airlines.
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On its official Twitter account, United tried to reassure passengers
that they would be rebooked as soon as possible.
The low-pressure storm system pummeled the Missouri Valley and Texas
over the weekend, and spawned blizzard conditions in New Mexico and
Days of heavy rain triggered flooding in Missouri, where state
officials said the death toll could reach 13. At least three people
were still missing in flooded areas late on Monday, the St. Louis
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere in Los Angeles; Editing by Dominic
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