And good morning, America. . The national weather service calling this a crippling potentially historic blizzard. The snow has been falling up and down the east coast. Just the beginning. President... See More
And good morning, America. . The national weather service calling this a crippling potentially historic blizzard. The snow has been falling up and down the east coast. Just the beginning. President Obama is traveling abroad and briefed about the storm. States are preparing for the worst. Our entire extreme weather team is out. You see them up and down the east coast covering it all and ginger starts us off in times square. The light snow has just begun. This is the storm we knew was coming. It should have moved off into the atlantic but it hit a block. Now it is going to sit and drop snow for the next 24 to 36 hours and that is why we have blizzard warnings from New Jersey up through parts of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine and this is a much bigger storm inland. Everyone there affected. The snow totals we will get into. The heaviest falling in Massachusetts and worst found in Boston. That is where my teammate rob is this morning preparing for this storm. Reporter: Ginger, they are geared up here in Boston for what is going to be a beast of a blizzard. This isn't snow. This is salt. Look at this. 35,000 tons of it. It's going to take this and more to try to keep these roads clear. It's not just Boston preparing, much of the eastern third of the U.S. Has been impacted by this storm. Over night highway whiteout. Stranded drivers in Ohio feeling the first bitter blast of this likely historic blizzard. Emergency personnel on the scene assisting this driver stuck in a ditch. This after a weekend already full of dangerous winter weather. In Massachusetts at least three dozen spinouts. This tractor-trailer jackknifing. Another overturning. And in Baltimore four children rescued after plunging through a frozen pond leaving two in critical condition. But all that, just a preview of what's still to come. The mayor of New York City warning don't underestimate this storm. Prepare for something worse than we have seen before. Reporter: As what could be the nastiest storm. More than 50 million Americans bracing for the worst. Trying to get in the parking lot was insane. Reporter: A frenzy in this supermarket in Boston. Shelves in New Jersey stripped bare and at trader Joe's a 30 minute wait to get inside. Salt trucks on the east coast out in full force expecting to dump 30 inches in some areas with winds up to 60 miles an hour. And coastal flooding. Residents boarding up and hunkering down. We're using two by tens to protect all the glass. The east coast preparing for one monster of a storm. It's been two years since they have gotten two feet of snow and at that time it brought this city to a stand-still. The record here in Boston is 27.5 inches. Could see three feet. Robin, there's really no amount of salt that can melt three feet of snow. No. All right. Thank you. The storm already causing chaos for air travelers. Thousands of flights cancelled today and tomorrow and that number will only increase. ABC's David Kerley is at Reagan national airport. Good morning, if you want to fly it's going to be a mess and ripple through the entire system. If you're in Dallas, Los Angeles or Chicago you're feeling the affects as well. This is a blizzard. That means big winds. 35 miles an hour. Gusts up to 50 miles an hour. That could make it difficult for aircraft to land. It slows everything down. Now the biggest hit is going to be in the northeast. The regional carriers being hit pretty hard. Most have activated wavers. It's going to be two days, not just today, winds again tomorrow. Robin. Explain why so many flights are being cancelled right now this early. Well, the reason they cancel all those flights as you saw the Numbers is because they know that they're not going to be able to operate at Normal operation speed. They're going to have to cancel flights. So why bring the passengers to the airport? Let them stay home, rebook them and once the storm passes, we'll get them to where they want to go is what they say. Thank you so much. I'm booked on a 10:00 A.M. Flight tomorrow to Dallas. That ain't happen. We'll see. We will see.
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