Oklahoma runway opens, storm heads East - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Oklahoma runway opens, storm heads East

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (KWWL) - Hundreds of people have been stranded by a powerful storm that's brought heavy snow, sleet and rain across the nation's midsection.

 

About 200 passengers and workers have been stuck at Oklahoma's largest airport. The Will Rogers World Airport closed yesterday afternoon after several inches of snow clogged runways. One of the airport's three runways is reportedly back in operation today, though many flights remain delayed or canceled.

Elsewhere in Oklahoma, another 200 people spent the night at a Baptist church after being stuck for hours on Interstate 35. Many of the travelers' dogs also camped out for the night.

The National Weather Service says the storm poses a threat to life and property. Officials are warning travelers to stay home and pack emergency kits if they have to go out. At least 18 deaths are blamed on the storm. Power has also been knocked out for thousands in Oklahoma.

As the slow-moving system heads East, meteorologists say it may glaze highways with ice through Christmas night. Gusty thunderstorms are expected in the South.

An ice storm warning has been posted for parts of West Virginia and the Blue Ridge mountains in North Carolina and Virginia. A wind chill advisory warns of temperatures as low as 30 below zero in Montana.

Online News Director Nate Leding

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