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As winter storm crosses the United States, affecting millions of Americans, ice is a concern

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CHICAGO (AP) — A major winter storm with millions of Americans in its path dumped rain, freezing rain and heavy snow across the country on Thursday, knocking out power to more than 100,000 homes and businesses and disrupting flights in Dallas Fort Worth. International airport.

A long stretch of states from New Mexico to Maine remained under winter storm warnings and watches and the storm’s track extended further from the central United States further south and northeast. Heavy snowfall was expected from the southern Rockies to northern New England, while forecasters said heavy ice accumulation was likely from Texas to Pennsylvania.

“We have a lot of real estate covered by the impacts of winter weather this morning,” Andrew Orrison, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in College Park, Maryland, said Thursday morning. “We have a large area of ​​heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain.”

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Parts of Ohio, New York and northern New England are expected to see heavy snowfall as the storm moves east with 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 centimeters) of snowfall possible at some places until Friday, Orrison said.

On the warmer side of the storm, severe thunderstorms capable of damaging gusty winds and tornadoes were possible Thursday in parts of Mississippi and Alabama, the Storm Prediction Center said.

More than 20 inches (51 centimeters) of snow was reported in the southern Rockies, while more than a foot of snow fell in parts of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

Sleet and freezing rain occurred early Thursday in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas. More than 100,000 homes and businesses were without power, mostly in Texas, Tennessee and Arkansas, according to the poweroutage.us website, which tracks utility reports.

“Unfortunately, we’re looking at enough ice accumulations that we’re looking at significant travel impacts,” Orrison said.

Texas experienced about 70,000 blackouts Thursday morning, a far cry from the more than 4 million outages that crippled the state during the February 2021 freeze in one of the worst blackouts in state history. -United.

South Bend, Indiana, reported record snowfall for the Wednesday date of 11.2 inches (28.5 centimeters), eclipsing the previous record of 8 inches (20.3 centimeters) set for the 1908 date, a said Hannah Carpenter, meteorologist at the National Weather. Service office in Syracuse, Indiana.

Once the storm passes, she said temperatures will drop sharply, with Friday highs mostly in the upper teens, followed by single-digit lows in northern Indiana, as well as frightening wind chills.

“It’s definitely not going to melt very quickly here,” Carpenter said Thursday morning.

Freezing temperatures have settled into areas after the snowy weather, with Kansas residents waking up to dangerous wind chills of about 15 below freezing (26 degrees Celsius below zero). In New Mexico, schools and non-essential government services were closed in some areas on Thursday due to icy roads.

The disruptive storm began on Tuesday and moved through the central United States on Wednesday on Groundhog Day, the same day the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter. The storm came on the heels of a northeasterly last weekend that brought blizzard conditions to many parts of the East Coast.

Airlines have canceled nearly 8,000 U.S. flights scheduled for Wednesday or Thursday, flight-tracking service FlightAware.com said. More than 1,000 flights were canceled Thursday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport alone, and more than 300 were canceled near Dallas Love Field.

Bleeding reported from Little Rock, Arkansas. Associated Press writers Terry Wallace in Dallas; James Anderson in Denver; Rick Callahan in Indianapolis; and Margery Beck in Omaha, Nebraska contributed to this report.