Powerful Storm System Blasts US West; 8 Killed

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

A storm blamed for at least eight deaths in the West is expected to bring freezing rain and sleet to parts of Texas as it continues making its way through the Southwest.

Meteorologists say the Arctic mass is to head south and east and threaten plans for Tuesday and Wednesday as people hit the roads and airports ahead of Thanksgiving.

The National Weather Service says a winter storm warning for most of North Texas has been replaced with a winter weather advisory through noon Monday.

A mix of rain, light freezing rain and light sleet is expected and temperatures will be cold, but not as cold as initially forecast.

Parts of Oklahoma have been under a winter storm warning, while other areas of the state have been under an advisory.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A powerful storm system that's already caused hundreds of accidents across the West is marching eastward with predictions of widespread snow, freezing temperatures and gusty winds.

The fierce weather has caused at least eight deaths and prompted advisories in New Mexico and Texas.

As thick, gray clouds cover the Southwest, forecasters say the storm will sweep across the South and toward the Atlantic coast next week, causing problems for holiday travelers.

In New Mexico, authorities and residents are bracing for the second hit of a one-two punch that has already blanketed parts of the state with snow and freezing rain and caused a rollover accident that killed a 4-year-old girl in the eastern part of the state.

Three other storm-related deaths are reported in a crash in the Texas Panhandle involving nearly a dozen vehicles.

In California, where the storm system hit first, prompting flooding and water rescues in recent days, three deaths have been linked to the storms since Thursday.

In Arizona, firefighters recovered the body of a man who was swept away by high waters Friday in the southern part of the state.

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