DALLAS — A devastating winter storm moved across the United States on Wednesday, bringing blizzard conditions across the Great Plains that killed two people, hours after several tornadoes struck parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Went. Blizzard battered the Great Plains, and more inclement weather was expected in the southern part of the country on Wednesday.
A boy was found dead in the Pecan Farms area of Keithville, Louisiana, where his home was destroyed by a tornado Tuesday, about 10 miles from Shreveport. Caddo Police Chief Steve Prater’s office said in a statement that his mother’s body was found under rubble outside.
Police said emergency services were checking the area, although no one else was reported missing.
Five tornadoes confirmed, but more may have been produced
Five tornadoes were confirmed in northern Texas as of Tuesday afternoon, but there could be as many as a dozen, according to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth, Texas, based on video and witness reports.
Dozens of homes and businesses were damaged by the storm system and several people were injured in suburbs and counties north of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. According to the FlightAware video tracking service, more than 1,000 flights to or from airports in the region have been delayed and more than 100 canceled.
The severe weather threat continued Wednesday for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the northeast edge of Florida, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
Blizzard warnings extended from Montana to western Nebraska and Colorado, and the National Weather Service said some areas of western South Dakota and northwestern Nebraska could see up to 2 feet of snow. According to officials, winds that sometimes exceeded 50 mph hindered visibility outside of Nebraska.
“Basically no one is traveling right now,” said Justin McCallum, manager of the Flying J truck stop in Ogallala, Nebraska.
Experts expected the storm system to persist in the north-central US for several days with snow, rain and snow and extend into the northeast and central Appalachian Mountains. People from West Virginia to Vermont were warned to watch for a possible combination of snow, ice and hail, and the National Weather Service issued a storm watch from Wednesday night to Friday afternoon, depending on the storm’s development.