Drivers were stranded on a Texas interstate for over 14 hours on Friday as a massive winter storm hit half of the country
Below freezing temperatures in Texas left drivers trapped in their cars on an icy Interstate for over 14 hours on Friday as a massive winter storm covers half of the US.
The massive ongoing delays began after accidents occurred late Thursday and into Friday morning due to the dangerous road conditions on Interstate 10 in Kerrville, northwest of San Antonio, Fox29 reported.
Two separate accidents on the Interstate involved 18-wheelers, one of which jackknifed, blocking traffic moving on both sides of the highway for hours, officials in Kerrville said.
The blocked Interstate left Texas drivers stuck in -5 degree (-20 C) weather for at least 14 hours.
Traffic had already been moving slowly Thursday night due to icy conditions, but it completely halted after the truck accidents.
The area — as well as much of America — is under a winter storm warning, according to the National Weather Service.
Snow, icy and a massive blast of frigid Artic air have wrecked havoc from the southern Rockies to northern New England. Winter Storm Landon has spread across 2,000 miles of the country, and placed 95 million Americans under winter weater advisories.
By Friday morning, over half the contiguous US was covered in snow, according to AccuWeather.
Winter advisories have been put in place through Saturday, and at least 4,000 flights have been canceled nation-wide.
The storm has left nearly 400,000 homes and businesses in Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio and New York without power. The state of Tennessee accounts for over a quarter of the current outages, according to AccuWeather.
Additional outages throughout the northeast are expected as the storm moves out through the weekend, while advisories in Texas are urging truckers and drivers to avoid roads through the weekend.
A separate truck crash on I-35 in Texas left roads closed for hours before it was cleared early Friday morning. Freezing rain caused several crashes in Dallas, according to the County Sheriff’s Office.
The state of Texas accounted for about 20,000 homes without power Friday morning. The storm comes one year after the state’s power grid faltered during an ice and snow storm that left thousands freezing, causing some to even die from the cold.
Texas Governor Gregg Abbott said there were 10,000 linemen working on restoring power in Texas and about 2,000 more coming from out of state to ensure there would not be a repeat of last year’s horrific outages.
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