Transcript for Treacherous Commute for Millions on Their Journey to Work Through the Ice and Snow
So many Americans dig out and try to dry off from that massive nor'easter, as now we're learning it's not over. Another snowstorm on the move. And this comes right after that Pennsylvania highway turned into an epic pileup, look and imagine this -- the cars and trucks slammed together and stretching mile after mile after mile. Our extreme weather team is back out on the ice and snow tonight and ABC's Linzie Janis starts us off in Pennsylvania. Reporter: A treacherous commute for millions in the northeast. The roads outside Philadelphia so slick, causing this three-mile-long chain-reaction pileup. More than 100 cars. Dozens injured. Turned that corner right there, and the sun was blinding and I missed the car in front of me by that much. Reporter: The morning sun was shining, the roads mostly clear. But there was one problem. The temperature dropped overnight and the Pennsylvania turnpike turned into a sheet of ice. I could see that there was going to be an impact. Then, I guess the airbags deployed. Reporter: The last blast of this nor east struck violently overnight W lightning and thunder snow. Collapsing roofs. This garage in New York City, crushed. A foot of heavy, wet snow on a home weighs as much as 28,000 pounds. There was a couple of little noises, and then all of a sudden, there was with a boom. In the air, a record of amount of misery. More than 15,000 flights canceled just this week. Since January 1st, more than 76,000 grounded. And then there are all of the snow days. Schools in at least 12 states and the district of Columbia have run out of them. Not New York City. The mayor taking major heat for not closing schools Thursday and apparently blaming them on the forecasters. The president of the American meet logical society writing that the buses had a tough getting kids home but meetologyists should not be thrown under the bus. The Philadelphia school district just announcing that school will be open three dies over the April spring break and that stretch of turnpike now reopened after nearly eight hours and Diane, the last thing anyone wants to see here, more snow. 1 to 3 inches expected tonight. Oh, Linzie, everybody asking, when will this end? And ABC meteorologist ginger zee is standing by with more. Reporter: The brutal winter has been a visual one at that, a virtual view of what the great Lakes look right now, ice covered by 88.4%. That's the number that we haven't seen for some 20 years, 1994, right there, was 90.7. The all-time record happened in 1979. 95%. We're nearing that record. A brief warmup next week. Before that happens, that snow, that Linzie was talking about is coming through and it hit Indianapolis, Cincinnati and new York in there, a little bit of snow, but the real majority of it is going to happen in eastern Massachusetts, up towards parts of new England, up to a foot in places and the wind is going to be the big issue, that's why a blizzard watch has been issued for parts of the cape. Next week, at least we get a couple of days of relief. Holding you to that, ginger. Thank you so much.
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