Powerful Storm Making Thanksgiving Travel Tough

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A powerful winter storm system is dumping heavy rain and snow across a large part of the country.

The icy weather is already blamed for at least eight deaths and now it's moving east, wreaking havoc for Thanksgiving travelers.

"It's slick! I mean, there's a lot of snow on top of ice that's just being packed on the more cars are driving over it," Jesus Paez said.

"Our car was freezing and we were sliding all over the road and it was pretty intense," another drive, Colton Pennington, said.

In Oklahoma City, a dash-cam videotaped an SUV as it slid off the road and overturned. Thankfully, no one was hurt in that incident.

But other accidents have turned deadly as snow-covered icy roads have caused hundreds of wrecks.

Areas in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico have seen up to four inches of snow. And in the mountains of Nevada, a massive two feet of snow left most residents without power.

"We've lost it [power] three times a day on average," one resident said. "and we've been without power since five this morning."

Now the storm is moving through the southwest. Hundreds of flights were cancelled at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport as crews scrambled to de-ice the planes.

Meteorologists expect the storm system to affect even more travel as it heads south and east. The weather is threatening plans for Tuesday and Wednesday as people hit the roads and airports for some of the busiest travel days of the year.

AAA estimates more than 43 million Americans will travel 50 or more miles from home from Wednesday through Dec. 1.

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