Dangerous Deep Freeze: East Coast Warning

Snow and blinding rain barrel up the East Coast as thousands are without power.
3:00 | 12/30/13

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Parts of this country will have to get through two storms first. Both hitting right now, bringing snow, heavy rain and arctic temperatures to follow. The first system leaving its mark from the plains to the midwest. A virtual whiteout, making driving impossible this weekend. All weekend long, those power crews working to get electricity back on for thousands who have been without power, without heat for a week now. And tonight, many of those very people are getting hit again with a lot of snow. And look at this tonight. The other storm on the move, a soaking system moving northward up the east coast with blinding rain and snow the further north it gets. All of it hitting as millions travel for new year's. Our extreme team is on all of this tonight, and we begin with abc's linzie janis now. Reporter: Tonight, new england bracing for up to a foot of snow. Thousands of homes in maine are still without electricity a week after an ice storm took down trees and crippled power lines. The goal now, get the ice off before more ice and snow come. We'll be trimming the lines a little bit to -- to make sure whatever has still a lot of ice weight on it might not come down. Reporter: Power crews are working around the clock, but many here may not get power back until after new year's. Meanwhile, an arctic blast, sweeping through america's heartland. A severe blizzard prompting officials in north dakota to ban all travel in the northeast part of the state. Across the plains and midwest, it's dangerously cold. The kind that causes frostbite, with windchills of up to 50 below zero. And here in new york's times square, we're dealing with a cold rain tonight. By the time the ball drops on tuesday night, it will feel like it's in the teens. David? A wet night there in times square. Linzie janis, thank you. And as you heard her report there, so many still without power, now getting hit with up to a foot of snow across parts of new england tonight. So, I want to bring in meteorologist mike wankum from channel five there in boston. Mike, great to have you with us tonight. Really rough going for the families still dealing with the effects from the last storm. Reporter: It certainly david. We still have thousands without power and now we're going to add some additional snow to that. Some places could get as much as a foot of snow. Crews trying to restore power are having to dig through the snow out there. And out to the west, we're still dealing with that arctic blast, which is roaring its way out of canada. Windchill indexes dropping way below zero. Parts of minnesota could have windchills of 45 degrees below zero overnight tonight. And then mike, that major system moving up the east coast, where it is right now? Reporter: It's going through washington, d.C., Philadelphia, new york. Then it's going move into nova scotia. Once it does that, it's going tap into that arctic air out of the central plains, drive it all the way through the mid-atlantic and it's going to be cold. As we look at new year's eve, we're absent any big storms, but the big story is going to be those temperatures. Look how cold it's going to be. And there's going be a lot of wind associated with it, as well. David? Mike wankum, thank you. And now to the other major

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