Nightly News   |  November 24, 2013

Winter weather has holiday travel in its sights

A winter storm system has already killed eight, while bringing snow to the southwest. Now, the system is making its way northeast and could impact holiday travel severely. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>>> another major story we're following. a massive wintery storm blamed for at least 13 deaths in the northwest. the storm is expected to push east. we're getting messy travel on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

>> reporter: in the southwest tonight, wicked winter weather that's dangerous and on the move. the powerful storm blanketing several states with heavy snow, steady rain, debilitating ice and high winds . in texas, icy roads turned i-20 near dallas into a skating rink . three killed here, 13 across the region. at dfw, more than 300 flights canceled.

>> reporter: after hundreds of crashes to the west, dallas was ready as the storm moved in. 30 trucks dumped sand on city streets .

>> reporter: the commute in oklahoma just as treacherous. too many spinouts and rollovers to tally. overnight, driving snow blinded much of the state. outside oklahoma city , 13 inches and counting. today in new mexico, frigid temperatures snapped power lines . the frozen interstate as 39 million americans are set to travel for the thanksgiving holiday.

>> it is hard to keep control of your car. especially if you go under the bridges and stuff it whims you.

>> reporter: this nordic outbreak, first claiming lives on thursday, hammered california with whipping winds. this weekend, the weather still fanning a blaze north of san francisco . from fire in california to snow in arizona.

>> this is a weird storm. nobody has really been able to get a handle on it.

>> reporter: even the nevada desert touted 15 inches of powder.

>> we've had almost as much water content out of this one storm as we did most of last winter.

>> reporter: the arctic blast is punishing the texas panhandle and it appears the east coast is next. miguel almaguer, los angeles .