Winter Snowstorm Barrels Into the Northeast

Ginger Zee has all the updates on the first major snowstorm of the season.
5:31 | 01/21/12

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-- big snowstorm that has blasted the midwest that is now marching into the northeast this morning making a mess on the roads and causing massive delays at the airports. Our -- meteorologist ginger is -- never afraid of an immersive reporting assignment is that in Times Square this morning with the story -- you're good morning. Finally getting outside here in New York City in the northeast many waking up to what will be -- biggest snowstorm of the entire winter season. And just ask anyone from Seattle to Chicago this pattern shift in winter weather is no joke we've gone from mild to out of control fat. Last. Winter finally arrived. And arrived with a vengeance. The storm stretches over 1000 miles it all betting dropped up to 93. From Iowa to Indiana and it's just getting started. In Chicago more than 800 flights were canceled on the ground traffic frozen in messy gridlock. -- about an inch per hour in some areas. It sent cars and snowplows sliding. In Detroit it was the nonstop snow that brought the city to a standstill. -- in Indianapolis it was the freezing rain. As the storm moves east those major northeastern cities that have so far been spared this season are about to get their fair share. Militants and shovels and -- Only deal with mother nature not to have a snow again. And in Merrill and most major roads have been pre treated with salt brine -- proactively trying to prevent -- ice from -- Back in the northwest Seattle is now on flood watch after heavy snow and ice bombarded this city leaving hundreds of thousands without power. And -- electrical transformers exploding. In the night sky. Waterlogged or again -- cleanup mode today after torrential rain storm left two dead and dozens of homes destroyed. 170 mile per hour winds covered these homes almost entirely in sand. So how much snow will -- here in the northeast let's take a look at the numbers this morning we've got the graphics for -- and the map to highlight who gets what. CN hot -- That's five to seven inches so that's far Eastern Pennsylvania and far western and northern New Jersey New York city's still and that three to five inch rains it looks like Hartford going to get. -- -- even six locally. Next threat becomes severe weather and -- 30 happening this morning we've already seen tornado watches throughout the early morning hours Birmingham Atlanta Columbia all in the heart of that here. The next graphic highlights an unfortunate storm being another storm that's going to hit the Pacific northwest. They get more rain more flooding. And just a bigger mess and got some good news out of all of this if you do have the day to just enjoy kids I just -- -- mixed up a little snow are here. Going to be a good snowmaking today in a snowman and snowball fighting --

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