A major winter storm that has already caused the death of eight individuals continues to move eastward. It started in California and moved across the Southwest with torrential rains, flooding, snow and sleet this weekend.
More than 300 flights were canceled Sunday at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Flagstaff, Ariz., received around 11 inches of snow with other areas of the state receiving more than two inches of rain. Weather.com reports the possibility of power outages and downed tree limbs in areas of southwest Texas which received substantial amounts of ice.
Parts of Oklahoma have a winter storm advisory, where four of the eight deaths caused by the storm occurred. Treacherous snow conditions have caused an increase in car accidents and have forced officials to close roads and cancel events to ensure the safety of residents in the area.
Now the storm threatens to hinder holiday travelers on the East Coast. Southeastern states like Georgia and South Carolina are expected to be hit with heavy rain and thunderstorms. Strong winds and constant precipitation could create travel delays for those holiday travelers attempting to travel by car or by plane, according to weather.com.
The most severe part of the storm is expected to drift toward the Northeast, where it will encounter frigid temperatures.
"The potential exists for a foot of snow to fall from Bradford, Pa., to Burlington, Vt.," Eric Wanenchak, AccuWeather meteorologist told USA Today.
From late Tuesday through Wednesday travel delays are anticipated from Washington D.C., through Philadelphia, New York and Boston. The weather service suggests checking your flight status before arriving at the airport.
"If the storm hugs the coast and develops to its full potential, it could be a nightmare, not only for travelers in the East, but also throughout the nation," Evan Myers, chief operating officer of AccuWeather.com told USA Today.