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Christmas Snow Storm Snarls Holiday Travel
It will be a white Christmas in many states as a powerful winter storm moves across the country.
That could lead to travel delays on the ground and in the air.
Ground crews were out in force in Oklahoma City treating roads and bridges ahead of the expected Christmas Day storm.
It was a similar scene at Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport where some flights have already been canceled.
Operations director Mark Kranenburg says the plows are ready to go. “When we get out on the runway, and start clearing, typically it's a crew of 7 to 12 people that are in trucks and we have spotters,” said Kraneburg.
The airport uses a high-tech vehicle that checks friction levels to make sure it's safe for airplanes to land.
“Ice is very tough, uh, if you completely don't have any friction at all with the aircraft to land then that's a real problem.”
In Springfield, Missouri, residents are stocking up on supplies as they prepare for the storm that could dump up to eight inches of sleet and snow on parts of that region.
Salt truck driver Jared Spoon expects to be called in to work, even though it's Christmas. “We just take it as any other day. You can't look at it as a holiday, you just got to come in and do your job,” says Spoon.
The weather is expected to be frightful in Little Rock, Arkansas as well. They could see four inches of snow with higher amounts in other parts of the state.
But there's one way to avoid the travel headaches. The best thing to do is try to stay at home and enjoy your Christmas.
Winter storm warnings, watches and advisories are posted from Washington State to Texas up to New England. Severe weather is expected in the southeast.
The storm system could bring tornadoes to southern states.
The National Weather Service says storms with winds between 70 and 80 miles per hour could hit Alabama, southern Tennessee and western Georgia on Tuesday night.