LAWTON, Okla._ A wintry mix of precipitation is now out of our area en route to the East Coast via Monday and Tuesday's predicted Midwest moisture.
Freezing rain led to ice accumulation across southwest Oklahoma this weekend. That mix and high winds are barreling east now and could affect holiday travel in the air and on the roads.
The next few days, some of the most heavily traveled in the year, will be tough in big cities like Philadelphia and Boston.
The Lawton-Ft. Sill Regional Airport does not expect delays going to and from Dallas Fort-Worth International this week, however, those traveling in the storm's path by way of busier airports could be facing a holiday travel nightmare.
"If you are going to be traveling in the winter time over the holiday season you need to be prepared and patient," said Barbara McNally, director of the Lawton-Ft. Sill airport.
She says travelers need to know the conditions that they're flying into. Sunday's conditions forced them to cancel all four flights to Dallas, where more than 500 cancellations were reported over the past two days.
More delays and
cancellations should be expected if the conditions deteriorate at airports
around the nation, McNally said.
By Wednesday most of the east will be covered in some precipitation. Areas like Buffalo are expecting significant snowfall; the airport there making changes already.
Big city airports like JFK in New York City, Philadelphia International and Logan International in Boston are all in the path of the rain, snow and high winds.
McNally says to check on the status of your flight before leaving home and to expect the worst.
"There's going to be delays (and) there's going to be cancellations until either the weather lifts or they do the clearing of the runways," said McNally.