Win­ter storm to bring snow, freez­ing rain – and maybe a tor­nado

The Commercial Appeal - - Front Page - USA TO­DAY

SAN FRAN­CISCO, Calif. – A strength­en­ing win­ter storm that dropped record-break­ing down­pours on Los An­ge­les is ex­pected to bring a pow­er­ful mix of snow, sleet and freez­ing rain – maybe even a tor­nado or two – that could cause power out­ages, snarl air travel and down trees as it crawls across the south­ern United States.

Sig­nif­i­cant delays threat­ened at air­port hubs such as Dal­las, Hous­ton, New Or­leans and At­lanta through the week­end could make a mess for air trav­el­ers and rip­ple across the coun­try, fore­cast­ers warned.

Ma­jor hubs were ex­pected to see only rain with the ex­cep­tion of Char­lotte, North Carolina, a hub for Amer­i­can Air­lines, where ice and up to a half-foot of snow were pos­si­ble Sun­day. Air­lines are waiv­ing change fees across a num­ber of states.

Ok­la­homa Gov. Mary Fallin de­clared a state of emer­gency for all 77 coun­ties. A win­ter storm watch is in ef­fect for most of the state un­til Satur­day night.

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