Transcript for Ice Storm Sweeps Across Southern Plains
Washington and an major ice storm hitting the plains. The theme, storms. The latest on the trump transition coming up. Over 20 million Americans are in the nation's midsection dealing with another powerful storm forecast to bring significant ice across the region. Check out this video. A driver trying to open his iced over door and then when he finally gets in the vehicle, it starts sliding backward down the driveway. We should say some people are having fun with the ice, this slow motion video shows a child trumping on a frozen trampoline in Missouri. Looks like something that would happen in Paula Faris' backyard. Kids always find a way to see the positive. We want to take the situation seriously because it's dangerous. States of emergency have been declared in several states where they're dealing with downed power lines and fatal car wrecks and forecasters say the worst is yet to come. Rob is standing by in Colorado. Adrienne Bankert has the latest in Wichita, Kansas. Adrienne, good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning to you, Dan. Good morning, Paula. Yes, and here in Wichita, in fact, across all of Kansas, they're expected to see more of that ice that you're talking about, later this afternoon, and into tonight but things got dicey rather pretty dangerous when the freezing rain hit last night. Overnight, millions of Americans from the southern plains to the mid-atlantic impacted by a deadly winter storm. Leading to treacherous conditions. The freezing rain and ice causing a 20-plus car chain reaction pileup in Wichita, Kansas. I could just see every single car that was coming to hit me and my air bag deployed and my head got whacked on the steering wheel five times. Reporter: Watch as this snowplow loses control as a flatbed trailer attempts to pass on the right. Clipping the 70,000-pound vehicle. The plow driver swerving into the opposite lane slamming into the guardrail plummeting 300 feet. Thankfully, the driver will be okay. He's bruised up a little bit. He's real sore. I talked to him this morning. Reporter: And on a St. Louis highway, ice sending this black SUV fishtailing before doing a complete 180 barely missing other drivers. Ice forming on cars so thick, it creates a solid barrier on these windows. Concerns about power outages increasing. An inch of ice can add more than 750 pounds of extra weight to a 300-foot power line. That heavy ice upending and snapping trees in Illinois. Branches smashing car windows. And you know they're taking every precaution, most churches have canceled their services for tomorrow. Most activities have been postponed till after the weekend and after this ice, crews will be out treating the roadways with a mixture of brine and beet juice been proven to melt it faster. That will be crucial to prevent spinouts. Officials telling everybody to stay off the roads, stay home. Paula. That's an interesting combination there. Adrienne -- Sounds like a base for a fancy cocktail. Or some sort of shake you would like. As we said this storm is far from over so we want to get it out to rob who happens to be in steamboat springs, Colorado, where he's tracking it all, rob, good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning, Paula. As you can see the northern reaches of this storm is reaching northern Colorado in the form of snow but this is a multiday event, unfortunately. This is day two of three and take a look at the ice storm warnings we have posted, huge chunk of real estate. The advisories stretch all the way towards the east coast there but obviously the bull's-eye is Oklahoma City up through St. Louis. Here we go. The radar, that freezing rain getting all the way to D.C., slick roads through the Ohio valley but tomorrow morning, we are really going to see the brunt Wichita to Kansas City to St. Louis and we don't warm things up until late in the day tomorrow so moving to pittsburg, Kansas City game was a smart move, could see an inch. That is paralyzing ice across parts of western Kansas and Oklahoma tomorrow. Dan, back up to you. Rob, thank you.
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