Flights to and from Texas canceled as storms approach

DALLAS: A storm system that dumped heavy snow in parts of California moved east Thursday, threatening the southern plains with severe weather and prompting the cancellation of hundreds of flights to and from Dallas. reports that Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field saw more than 400 total cancellations to or from airports as the storm approached the region.
Several school districts, including Dallas and Fort Worth, have canceled extracurricular activities and events due to the forecast.
“It’s the same system that hit California and it’s now in New Mexico and will move through Texas and then Arkansas,” said Rich Thompson, chief forecaster for the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
He said high winds and hail pose the biggest threats.
“Truly intense tornadoes don’t seem likely,” Thompson said. “We think the biggest threat will be very large hail, the size of a baseball.”
Meteorologists say the storm has produced “once in a generation” snow in California and Oregon with up to 2 meters (7 feet) piling up in places.
The snowfall, however, is credited with helping to reduce and, in some areas, eliminate California’s drought conditions.


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