Life-threatening storm brings blizzard conditions, damaging winds and flooding

Blizzard-like conditions are taking aim at the Midwest while damaging winds have caused problems in the South.
2:24 | 02/13/20

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Transcript for Life-threatening storm brings blizzard conditions, damaging winds and flooding
Now to that dangerous storm that's sweeping the country bringing blizzard conditions, flooding and a threat of damaging winds from the plains to the east coast. Alex Perez starts us off in Chicago where temperatures are plunging. Good morning, Alex. Reporter: Hey, good morning, Michael. This storm has made getting around in some areas nearly impossible. Those plummeting temperatures making the morning commute here a big icy mess. Brutal blizzard-like conditions taking aim at parts of the midwest. Snowing heavy and roads slushy. Reporter: This school bus out on a field trip lost control and flipping on its side as 17 fifth graders on board miraculously only minor injuries there. In North Dakota, treacherous blinding driving conditions. Snow cascading across the roads in South Dakota resembing a frozen tundra. Warning signs flashed but the conditions there making it difficult to make the signs out. This tractor trailer pulling over to wait the winds out while this jeep got stuck in negative 43 degree temperatures and down south in Alabama overnight 70-mile-per-hour damaging winds causing major damage to several structures. And the snow is tapering off but we are not in the clear just yet. Some areas now bracing for some of the coldest temperatures of the season. You said it, Alex. There is a bitter cold blast moving in behind the storm. Ginger is tracking all of that this morning. Good morning, ginger. Good morning, Michael. It is official. Minneapolis just dropped to 10 below. That's their coldest of the season and that area is headed right here. We have the drizzle and warm side of the storm for now. Boston which started as snow is now changing over to rain. That is going to make for a sloppy commute in Boston. Look at Atlanta. North Georgia with that severe thunderstorm warning. Not just the lightning but that's going to blow through with heavy rain totals. 1 to 3 inches could fall and there are the numbers. We're talking windchills in the 30 to 40 below range in parts of the northern plains here in the northeast, we could challenge our coldest of the season and drop into the teens with windchills closer to zero throughout the northeast this weekend. Bundle up. Thanks. We go to the white house now

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