Friday, December 23, 2022

Nearly 9,000 Flights Cancelled, 'Snowpocalypse' Begins In U.S.

At least five killed on treacherous roads and nearly 9,000 flights cancelled as once-in-a-generation 'snowpocalypse' begins to batter almost every state: Six governors call a state of emergency amid sub-zero temps and whiteout conditions

At least five people have been killed as a treacherous 'once-in-a-generation' winter system pummels central and eastern parts of the United States - with at least six governors calling for a state of emergency.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency and issued a traffic ban on part of Interstate 90 beginning on Friday at 6 am due to the incoming storm's expected brutality.

She joins at least five other states, ahead of the frigid, powerful snowstorm moving across the U.S. through Friday, and expected to hit multiple states with heavy snow, damaging winds, freezing rain and dangerous bitter cold.

Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Georgia and North Carolina have all issued the emergency orders that, in part, activate their emergency response and operations plans.

The five fatalities, caused by separate motor vehicle accidents, were recorded in Oklahoma as the storm started to coat roads with snow and ice, authorities said. 

Lieutenant Candice Breshears, of the Kansas Highway Patrol, said in a press conference on Thursday that three people were killed in multiple crashes overnight. 

In one of the collisions, authorities said, a vehicle driven by 16-year-old Sawyer Lysell-Alkire was traveling south on Interstate 135 in Saline County shortly after 9 pm when it veered off the highway and overturned into a ditch. 

A passenger in the vehicle, Grant L. Lysell-Alkire, 21, of Lindsborg, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The driver suffered minor injuries. 


Anonymous said...

Glad my Florida trip was put off till later month! Great assessment showing all snow-bound issues; Prayers for safe travels inhere out!

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of the old Saturday Night Live skit when the reporter on the street stood and pointed at a candy bar wrapper and said “this wasn’t here just minutes ago” LOL.