Thanksgiving storms have already caused a lot of inconvenience to holiday travel plans, resulting in a high number of flight cancellations. The storm has already claimed eight lives as it makes its way through Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, just in time for Thanksgiving.
A little more than 300 domestic flights have already been cancelled due to the weather conditions at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. That means that around 30 percent of scheduled flights were cancelled.
Tom Bradshaw from the National Weather Service said: “It’s certainly going to be a travel impact as we see the first few people making their way for Thanksgiving.”
On top of that, the weather service issued severe weather warnings for parts of North Texas as well as specific areas in Oklahoma and North Dallas. A few inches of snow have already fallen in Oklahoma.
Damaris Machobo, who works at a Holiday Inn motel there said: “It looks great. I love the snow.” Some snow was also seen in the higher areas in New Mexico, and a mixture of snow, sleet and ice ensured some road closures on the Mexico-Texas border towards El Paso.
Sporting events and parades were also affected by the Thanksgiving storm, with a number of them being cancelled or postponed. Some homes were damaged across Arizona but the main thing which proved fatal for at least eight people were the acute driving conditions.
In Tucson on Friday the body of a man was recovered by firefighters after he was swept away into high water in the Santa Cruz River. The storm even affected Willie Nelson and his band when their tour bus smashed into a pillar on the Interstate 30.
A spokeswoman at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Cynthia Vega, said that the cancelled flights were mainly in the afternoon and evening hours. She said that the issue of ice on the airport’s runways had been the main reason for the cancellations.
It remains to be seen if the Thanksgiving storm will get any worse and how many more flights will be cancelled as people across America scramble to make alternative arrangements for the Thanksgiving holiday.