UPDATE 3-Ice storm hits parts of Texas, canceling flights, crippling traffic

Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:39pm EST
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(Updates flight cancellations, weather forecasts)

By Lisa Maria Garza

DALLAS Feb 23 (Reuters) - An ice storm battered parts of Texas on Monday, knocking out power to thousands of homes, causing hundreds of traffic accidents and prompting more than 1,500 flight cancellations.

The storm, which packed high winds and dumped freezing rain, covered highways with sheets of ice, and authorities advised commuters to stay off the roads. The cold was expected to last another day, keeping roads slick.

A large section of the U.S. South from Arkansas to North Carolina was expected to experience freezing temperatures and winter storms on Monday, the National Weather Service said.

Snow and freezing rain fell in parts of New Mexico, and Colorado, Utah and northern Arizona were also under winter storm warnings, the weather service said.

At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, one of the busiest in the United States and a hub for American Airlines, nearly 1,100 flights were canceled as of 3 p.m. CST (2100 GMT), according to tracking service FlightAware.com. At Love Field in Dallas, a major airport for Southwest Airlines, more than 100 flights were canceled, it said.

In Tennessee, at least 22 people have been killed in the past few days because of icy winter conditions, the state's Emergency Management Agency said.

Eleven people have died in Kentucky from the snow and ice that began pummeling the state on Feb. 16, officials said.   Continued...