Arctic blast brings whiteout conditions and deadly havoc on roads in Northeast

A brutal arctic blast is expected to bring dangerously cold conditions to more than half of the country.
2:35 | 11/13/19

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Transcript for Arctic blast brings whiteout conditions and deadly havoc on roads in Northeast
this massive storm system that's now turned deadly. A 50-vehicle pileup near Youngstown, Ohio. Traffic at a standstill in so many places across the country. At least six deaths now across the storm zone. A record November snow in Detroit. And the record-breaking cold settling in across much of the nation. A 60-degree drop in places. And millions are now bracing for tomorrow morning. We have the track for you, and ABC's Alex Perez leads us off Reporter: Tonight, that powerful arctic blast bringing whiteout conditions and wreaking deadly havoc on the roads. In Ohio, several crashes involving multiple vehicles, including this pileup on interstate 80 near Youngstown. The highway shut down in both directions for a time. At least two fatalities on the state's icy highways. At least six weather-related deaths in all across the region. The cold fueling that snow was record-breaking in Chicago. Got to keep my face warm. Does it do the trick? Not really. Two days in a row we have established a new record low. Reporter: To the east, in Detroit, their biggest November snowstorm on record. This is too much for November the 12th. Reporter: In Indianapolis, children braving sub-zero wind chills as they boarded school buses. And in Buffalo, residents digging out from nearly a foot of snow. Most people aren't prepared for it, even though everybody warned us about it. It's just too early. Reporter: ABC's rob Marciano in Syracuse, New York. It's not the amount of snow that's the story here in Syracuse, it's the drop in temperatures and it's causing this snow to be hard packed, slick underfoot and difficult to Reporter: The freezing temps stretching far south. In Dallas, where Thor the mommer the dropped to the low 20s, sprinklers creating this icy and David, we broke a record low here, 7 degrees here this morning. In fact, we never got out of the teens today, but a slow climb towards warmer temperatures is on the way for us here. David? Alex Perez and rob Marciano in my hometown of sere use, my thanks to you both. Let's get right to ginger zee timing out the cold tonight. Ginger? Reporter: Oh, I know you're feeling it, David. The cold is settling in right now, and we had 27 inches of snow in 24 hours in empire, Michigan. That cold air over the warm lake still giving some issues to northern Ohio, western Pennsylvania and New York. Going into tomorrow, though, I really think it's the wind chill. It makes it all the way through the mid-atlantic Pensacola, Florida, should have its earlier a freeze in 26 years. David? Ginger, thank you. And we are just hours away

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