A storm carrying ice, snow, and freezing rain is going to crash the holiday party across much of the country.
It started in the west, and it's been making travel a slippery, sliding mess as it swirls eastward. And it's going to make more misery for Thanksgiving visiting.
"It's dangerous, real dangerous right now. Accidents all over down here on Santa Fe. People bumping into each other just from the snow, just can't stop I guess," said Justin Duckett in New Mexico.
The rough weather is blamed for at least a dozen deaths, mostly in road accidents.
Violent wind and sleet battered the Albuquerque area.
"A lot of snow, a lot of ice, the roads hadn't been plowed," said Brenda Perez in New Mexico.
"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," added Jesus Paez.
Ice is the gremlin in the skies too. At Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, de-icing becomes a matter of life and death. Flight delays promise travel backups heading east.
In western New York, freezing waters became a frigid trap for a hunter who got caught up to his waist. It took a hovercraft and a helicopter to pull him to safety.
And, in Oklahoma, the weather even waylaid some feathered fellows. A flock of tiny ducks were grounded when they apparently mistook ice on the road for a pool of water.
"The edges of their beak have got very bad bruising and bleeding on the end of the beaks so they must have, um, nosedived," said Rondi Large, Wildcare director.
The wicked weather is expected to move up the northeast and move in on the holiday festivities.