- NYC commuters are being asked to avoid driving.
- Police are investigating seven crashes that happened on a bridge over the Tennessee River.
- Thousands of flights were canceled.
An 18-month-old child is dead after a series of crashes on an icy Kentucky bridge as a winter storm left a trail of snow, ice and sleet on its eastward trek.
The crashes happened Wednesday on the Tennessee River Bridge on Interstate 24 in Marshall County, according to Kentucky State Police.
The storm, named Oaklee by The Weather Channel, is continuing to hamper travel by both air and road, hitting the Southern Plains through the Midwest and moving into the Northeast.
The system is the second this week to shut down interstates, close schools and prompt hundreds of flight cancellations.
(MORE: The Latest Winter Storm Forecast)
Here’s a look at news from the storm on Thursday.
More than 400 Crashes Reported in Missouri
The State Highway Patrol responded to 402 crashes from midnight Wednesday through about 4 p.m. Thursday. Those included 52 injuries but no fatalities.
Troopers also responded to about 400 stranded motorists and 1,000 calls overall.
Among the incidents was a police vehicle that was struck on Interstate 70 about 40 miles east of Columbia.
Hundreds of Friday Flights Canceled at Boston Logan, Newark, LaGuardia
Just like the storm, travel woes are moving east.
As of 5 p.m. EST, more than 450 flights were already canceled for Friday at Boston Logan International Airport, according to FlightAware.com.
Nearly 200 were canceled at Newark Liberty and 140 at LaGuardia.
About 100 flights were canceled at Reagan National.
Texas Police Officers Injured on Icy Interstate
Two police officers in Northlake, Texas, were hit by an 18-wheeler Thursday morning. Both were transported to the hospital and listed in stable condition, according to KXAS-TV.
Officials told the network the officers were in separate vehicles responding to a crash on Interstate 35 near the Texas Motor Speedway when the semi jackknifed and hit both police cruisers.
New York City Issues Travel Advisory
Officials in New York City are advising residents to brace for potentially hazardous travel conditions, especially during the Friday morning commute, and to avoid driving if possible.
“With a potential wintry mix arriving in New York City Thursday night into Friday morning, New Yorkers should prepare for slippery road conditions, especially during the morning commute,” NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol said in a news release. “We encourage all New Yorkers to use mass transit, allow for extra travel time, and exercise caution.”
More than 700 salt spreaders are being deployed throughout the city.
Seven Collisions on Icy Kentucky Bridge
Twelve tractor-trailers and six passenger cars were involved in the series of crashes late Wednesday that resulted in the 18-month-old’s death, the Associated Press reported.
The child was unrestrained and ejected from one of the vehicles that crashed, and was then hit by a car.
Kentucky State Police are investigating. The road was still being cleared Thursday morning but was expected to reopen soon.
Tens of Thousands Without Electricity
More than 33,000 power outages were reported in Arkansas and about 15,000 in Tennessee at the peak of outages on Wednesday, according to PowerOutage.us.
Most of those were along or near the border between the two states, where ice has been an issue.
More Than 1,500 Flights Canceled
Flight cancellations piled up for a second consecutive day at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and nearby Love Field.
DFW had more than 1,100 cancellations as of about 11 a.m. CST, according to airline tracker FlightAware.com. Love Field had just over 200.
About 100 flights were called off at Austin-Bergstrom International and 80 at St. Louis Lambert.
Grapevine Reopens in Southern California
A portion of Interstate 5 known as the “Grapevine” in Kern County, California, was open as of 6:30 a.m. PST, according to the state Department of Transportation. It was closed Wednesday due to the weather, which isn’t unusual for that stretch of road.
Winter Storm Oaklee Spreading Snow and Ice from the Plains to Midwest and Northeast
Since Wednesday morning, the storm has produced numerous reports of sleet and freezing rain, from as far south as central Texas to central and eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, southern Missouri and parts of the Ohio Valley.
The system will continue to spread its wintry mess of snow and ice from the Southern Plains into the Midwest and Northeast as it tracks eastward through Friday.
Get the full forecast and timing here.
Click here to see our Wednesday updates.
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