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Travel disruptions caused by winter weather in the heartland

Travel from Central Texas to Great Lakes is being disrupted by freezing rain and drizzle. Ice-glazed roads are causing hundreds of accidents on the roads, including one that resulted in the death of a child in Kentucky.

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Travel disruptions caused by winter weather in the heartland

As Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri prepare for an ice storm, hundreds of flights were cancelled Wednesday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

The National Weather Service stated that more than half an inch of ice could build up in the Ozarks by Friday morning. Another area of freezing rain was forecast to hit southern-central Pennsylvania and western Maryland.

Officials said that ice on a bridge in western Kentucky caused multiple collisions, leaving a toddler with fatal injuries. The incident closed interstate lanes for several hours.

Kentucky State Police released a statement saying that seven collisions involving twelve tractor-trailers as well as six passenger cars were reported on Wednesday, March 24, in Marshall County. The cause was ice on Tennessee River Bridge.

Police said that an 18-month old unrestrained child, who was involved in a crash involving two semi-trailers and was then thrown from the vehicle and hit by a car. Marshall County coroner declared the toddler dead on the spot.

Arkansas schools closed many of their doors or switched to remote learning as more freezing rain was forecast for Thursday.

According to FlightAware.com, airlines had cancelled more than 2,000 Thursday flights as of Wednesday night. Half of them were at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, where temperatures are expected to rise above freezing just a few minutes late Thursday afternoon.

According to FlightAware, DFW Airport is the largest airport in American Airlines' network. American Airlines had cancelled 21% of its Thursday flights by Wednesday night.

Heavy snow is expected to fall in New York's upstate and New England this week. It was forecast that more than 6 inches (15 cm) of snow could be possible by Saturday morning.

On Wednesday, Winter had a brief break in the Northeast. Temperatures soared into the 60s and then plummeted within hours.

Although the warm spell brought people out to enjoy the outdoors, it was bad news in ski resorts.

Ethan Austin, spokesperson for Sugarloaf ski resort in Maine said that it was not what you would like to see during the busiest week in the year. This week was school vacation week. He was glad to hear that snow was coming.

Weather whiplash was the second occasion in less than a week when there was to have been a temperature swing greater than 40 degrees in 24hrs.

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