MSNBC reports on yet another major winter storm system sweeping across the midsection of the United States. This one has caused deaths and injuries, spread ice and snow and generally made life miserable from Texas to Indiana. Two inches of snow fell in Amarillo, Texas.
LUBBOCK, Texas – The nation's midsection saws more bad weather Thursday, this time a deadly storm that iced over parts of the Southern Plains as it moved northeast to cities like Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis.
Those cities could see several inches of snow, while Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh could see similar amounts by Thursday night. The storm front is expected to turn to rain by the time it hits the Northeast seaboard on Friday.
In the Texas Panhandle, a snowstorm left three people dead and caused a 40-vehicle pileup that shut down an interstate for several hours.
One person was killed and at least two were injured in the pileup caused by blowing snow that limited visibility and slick, icy spots that made Interstate 40 treacherous, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Wayne Beighle said.
A fire truck rolled over while approaching the accident scene, and a firefighter suffered minor injuries. Two other people were killed, a pedestrian north of Amarillo and another person in Castro County southeast of Amarillo, officials said.
The system was moving eastward, bringing rain to the Southeast and up to a foot of snow to areas in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.
In Texas, Amarillo received more than 2 inches of snow.
Authorities advise extreme caution. Frankly, the best advice in weather like this is to stay home if at all possible. If you have to travel, slow down. A lot. While you may be able to get your vehicle up to a high speed in these conditions, your ability to stop and steer is severely limited. Which, unfortunately, too many people realize too late.