As we come on the air, half the country is in a deep freeze. Serious enough that the states are issuing a windchill alert for millions and millions of Americans. And it's not just a problem for the... See More
As we come on the air, half the country is in a deep freeze. Serious enough that the states are issuing a windchill alert for millions and millions of Americans. And it's not just a problem for the roads. So many people are stepping out on to the snow and sliding on pure ice. Our extreme weather team, once again, out in force. From the frozen streets to the passengers still stuck at the airports. And we'll start with ABC's gio Benitez. Reporter: As that bitter winter storm pulled out, people all over the east coast were left digging out. In new England, winds blowing all that snow around, 35-mile-per-hour gusts. Here in plymouth, Massachusetts, America's hometown, even that iconic plymouth rock is covered in snow. More than 13 inches of snow falling here, enough for this ice cream shop to jokingly put up a sign, see you in spring. People like Jeff, clearing snow from in front of businesses. He's been at it since 6:00 A.M. You're keeping downtown alive. Oh, absolutely. You have to. Reporter: For the first time in history, Philadelphia has had three snowfalls of six inches or more before February. Philly and D.C. Closing schools. But schools were open in new York City, where a new mayor faced a big test, complaints that streets weren't plowed quickly enough. The snow hit right before If there's any place that's not good enough, we're going to keep working. Every hour from this point on to improve it. Reporter: City streets like a skating rink for drivers and pedestrians. And take a look at metlife stadium, home of this year's super bowl. Workers clearing the field and the stands. We're treating this as if it's pregame and we have to clear the field. Reporter: Misery in Minnesota, a fresh ground blizzard creating whiteout conditions. The cold and snow also creating beauty in Ohio. These are called ice pillars, moonlight reflecting off ice crystals in the air. And we're in Norwell, Massachusetts, the hardest-hit area. Where I'm standing right now, we're seeing 12 inches of snow. But, Diane, this is where the most snow fell, more than 18 inches. 18 inches. As gio knows, it's happened so often this winter. Thousands of flights canceled and delayed. Hitting everyone across the country, coast-to-coast, and not just in the frozen zone. ABC's Reena ninan, now, on the fight to get all those planes flying again. Reporter: The second big storm for the northeast in two weeks, turned tarmacs into tundras. Just listen. We got a firsthand look at the all-out runway war at dulles airport. It's snowplow behind me clears the runway. It has three devices. A snowplow that moves the snow, a broom, and a snowblower. Across America over the past 48 hours, more than 7,300 flight delays. And over 5,000 cancellations. Frozen northeast hubs, some of America's busiest airports, causing a ripple effect of passengers stranded nationwide. From Maine -- Most of the flights are canceled already. Reporter: All the way to los Angeles. I was wondering if I would be able to reroute that flight. Reporter: A travel nightmare. But for expert travelers like donna Paul -- You have to roll with the punches. Reporter: Her secret, find a good spot outside the security Gates and camp out there. It's comfortable. I get here early enough to have my Starbucks before security. Reporter: It's hard to forget the images from the last storm. People sleeping everywhere. And women washing their hair in the bathroom stink. If you need to wash up, go to baggage claim. The restrooms get a lot less use when no planes are landing. 2014 has been horrible for the flying public. Nearly 35,000 flights canceled. And it's only January. Reena ninan, ABC news, Washington dulles international airport. How long will the freeze last? Let's bring in meteorologist ginger zee with the answer of what's ahead. I've been looking at the long-range computer models. You want to find your state and look at the color that's over it. This is going to come at us in waves. We start Thursday. Tomorrow morning. And you see that 32. That's the blue line at the bottom. We're going to put it in motion. And watch where the cold sticks around. For Friday morning, that white color all throughout the northeast, all the way down to Kentucky and Tennessee, is zero. We get a little break on Saturday. But another punch Monday. Check that out. 20 below zero is the Navy color up in the northern plains. That sticks around for Wednesday and early Thursday, too. Diane? All right, ginger, and the whole team covering the cold again tonight.
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