Winter Storms Threaten Holiday Travel Across the U.S.

Sam Champion reports on punishing winter weather sweeping across the nation.
2:04 | 12/18/12

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We're going to turn to the punishing weather sweeping across the country, threatening holiday travel. Blizzards, rain, high winds right now. Sam is here with the latest. I take it that tornadoes are a possibility, too. Yeah. When this storm gets east, it's going to have components of rough weather. We'll start with the pictures coming in from portland, oregon, area. When this storm slammed the coastline, 20-foot waves along the shoreline. More than a foot of snow in the mountains. Two feet of snow, in washington and the cascades. Take this storm inland. Hurricane-force winds in lake erie and lake michigan. And then, that storm continues east, right in time for the holidays. The strongest northwest storm of the season blew in monday, with winds reaching 100 miles per hour. Knocking out power lines, bringing down trees and creating blizzard conditions in the washington/oregon cascade mountains. Just south of tacoma, washington, a tree fell into this house. Puncturing the ceiling of a baby's room and narrowly missing his crib. The baby was unharmed. Washington to utah is feeling the cold air of this storm and expecting up to three feet of snow. 17 states are in winter weather warnings and watches. From the northwest to arizona and all the way into minnesota and wisconsin. By wednesday, the storm is expected to move further east and cover parts of the midwest, from denver, to chicago, with 4 to 12 inches of snow. And later in the week, the same storm will produce severe weather in southern states, with possible tornados. And by friday, the northeast could be hit with one to two inches of heavy rain and gusty winds. It's part of the storm pattern we told you about to expect for this week. And the storms will continue to move across the country. We'll tell you what to expect in the areas that get snow and get storms throughout the day today. Remember, this will take us all the way through the weekend, where about 93 million people are expected to travel for the holidays. Oh, my gosh. This is going to be a slowdown situation. Sam, thanks. Let's get to josh with the

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