As NBC News reports, the bad weather has already bring a foot of snow on the mountains of Utah and Colorado and leving 13 dead, including a 4-year-old girl.
Meteorologists claim that now the storm is gaining more speed and power, moving to the Northeast, and the 43 million Americans who plan to travel for Thanksgiving are at risk.
The also add that constant rain and ice sweeping across the South will converge with a storm system pushing down from the Great Lakes, one of the most favourite place for Americans.
“That is a lethal combination for winter weather in the Northeast,” said Tom Niziol, a winter weather expert for The Weather Channel.
More that 3.1 million ща travellers are expected to fly. Flights could be delayed in such giant cities as New York, Boston, Washington and Baltimore because of expected low clouds and strong wind, explained Kevin Roth, lead meteorologist for The Weather Channel.
In the Northeast, the worst weather is expected to hit the region on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“If people traveling can get out before then, or wait until afterward, that would be the best thing,” Roth said.
The system of storms is currently moving across the South and if forecast to bring ice and snow to Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and parts of the Carolinas late Monday night and into Tuesday.
Heavy rains, some 2 to 3 inches of it, are expected to reach central Gulf Coast up to New England as early as Wednesday, Dr. Greg Forbes, The Weather Channel’s severe weather expert, said. Some areas even may get up to 4 inches of rain or more with the potential for localized flooding.
The natural disaster that would probably ruin Thanksgiving plans started in the West on Thursday, where it killed three people in the state of California. It later headed for New Mexico and Texas, both of which were under winter storm warnings Monday.
According to reports, about 11,000 people appeared to be without electricity in parts of Texas over the weekend with up to 300 flights were canceled there Saturday and Sunday in anticipation of ice.
The storm gained speed and crashed upon Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Three of the people died in a terrible car accident in the Texas Panhandle, and four were killed in Oklahoma, officials confirmed to reporters. Another man was killed in flooding in Arizona.
“A 14-year-old Detroit middle school student, Malik Shelton, was killed after he touched an electrical power line downed by the storm system last week, the medical examiner confirmed Monday,” reports NBC News.
“He was walking home from Burns Middle School, closed because of a power outage, when the incident occurred, police said. He was revived and taken to the hospital but died on Saturday. A funeral was planned for Tuesday.”