Winter Storm Targets East Coast

Up to a foot of snow is predicted in big cities including Philadelphia and New York.
3:00 | 01/21/14

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boy, the snow is already hitting. It is hitting hard. Let's go right to the midwest right now. Oh, that is east Chicago, Indiana, north Indiana, see how hard it is coming down. The snow total predictions are going up right now and driving conditions right outside Chicago right now. And it's heading this way. The heaviest expected right on the coast straight up the I-95 corridor. Looks good right now. Won't be that way in a short amount of time. As much as 14 inches in some places. Our extreme weather team led by ginger zee already to bring us the latest. Good morning to you. We are talking right now hours from now we'll be seeing this major snowstorm take form here along the east coast. It's already in parts of Indianapolis, parts of Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, it's snowing right now but let me time it out for you because through the late morning, early afternoon it starts from D.C. Up to New York City. This is at 3:00 P.M. When the winds start kicking, the other part of this. It is not just snow, it's gusting winds, 2 and above 30 miles per hour. When does it go? After midnight tonight. We'll get snow that whole time, a big evening rush problem. All along that I-95 corridor and the Numbers are going to add up. Big Numbers coming in the 10 to 12-inch range for major cities. I think D.C. Gets a little bit on the lower end then Philadelphia, the highest, a foot plus, New York City itself anywhere from 8 to 10 and in some spots 12. You saw that picture earlier along the lake, east of Chicago, that's what it looks like driving and that's where we find our Alex Perez. Reporter: Good morning, ginger. It has been relentless. Some parts along the lakefront in northwest Indiana are expecting more than a foot of snow today. This morning, Chicago is waking up to heavy snow, expecting as much as 2 inches an hour and the windchill is 22 below zero. The midwest an northeast are bracing for the return of the deep freeze. Parts of Indiana expecting as much as 1 to 2 feet of lake-effect snow. Already under way, Minnesota has windchills of nearly 50 below. Ohio, Indiana and at least nine other states getting socked with another arctic chill. Cities like Pittsburgh seeing snow for their morning rush hour. The plunging polar temperatures two weeks ago caused water main breaks from Indiana to new Jersey. Cars frozen right on to the street. The new blast of cold air dumping more subzero bone-chilling windchills. A dangerous ice glaze had cars sliding off roadways in Minnesota during the last storm. In Virginia, crews working around the clock spraying roads with a special solution to keep the ice and snow from sticking. And that will be the big challenge trying to keep that off the roads. Some states are already dealing with a salt shortage because there's been so much snow so early this season. Ginger. Alex, thank you. One thing I did not get to mention, the cape. Li plymouth up to hyannis, that went up and this is what's going to stick, the snow it'll stay because it is going to be this cold. Minneapolis, dropping to 12 below. That's this morning, and actual air temperature. Look at what New York City does, from 27 to 9 by the time we start our Thursday morning so the cold going to stick. This polar plunge we've been talking about comes in waves and we don't get rid of it until next week. Thanks. The storm hits the capital hard. The federal government government hard and Jeff Zeleny has more. They made this call early. Reporter: You can call it a preemptive strike. They decided overnight to shut it down to keep those tens of thousands of workers off the road. As you can see behind me the snow has not yet started to fall but that's all expected to change and change fast later this morning, George. How about the spreading travel cancellations. Reporter: It's already causing big travel headaches across the country. Or than 2600 flights already delayed. More than 2100 flights canceled so at this hour on the east travel is not bad but the airport is much slower than it would be on a typical Tuesday and in a few hours it could grind to a total halt. Jeff Zeleny, thanks very much.

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