Transcript for Extreme Weather Slams Heartland, East Coast Awaits Winter
A major winter storm, 14 states on alert. And yet, the record heat elsewhere. Look at this. In Salt Lake City, a blast of snow, trees crushing cars there. This man pushing his stranded vehicle. Here in the east, 30 degrees warmer than usual. In Washington, D.C. Tonight, the cherry blossoms are out. In New York City, Christmas shopping in shorts. ABC's gio Benitez is in Buffalo, New York, tonight, where he was one year ago, and what a difference a year makes. Reporter: Tonight, a new storm pummeling the west. Downing power lines in Salt Lake City. Stranding drivers in Washington state. High winds snapping trees in the bay area. She literally saw this tree just come down and she just heard it smash. Reporter: All this after a wild weekend of extreme weather in the hartland. A Kansas whiteout blinding drivers. And in Texas, four confirmed tornadoes. You can see from the air, the path of destruction. At least 50 homes damaged. It sounded like the roof lifted off the house. Reporter: Our kendis Gibson on the scene. Here in Lufkin, Texas, 40 mile-per-hour winds did this, knocking over 64 freight train cars as if they were toys. Reporter: Meanwhile, the east, still waiting for winter. This was the scene in Buffalo last year. The temperature right now, it feels like 1 degree. And behind me, that is a car, completely buried in snow. And take a look at this spot right now. No snow. In fact, Buffalo hit a record high today of 71 degrees. On December 14th. Since the month began, more than 1,000 high temperatures tied or broken across the country. And tonight here at this ice rink, hundreds of people were expected on their skates, but just take a look. It looks more like a swimming pool. No skating here, David. What a difference, as we said, a year makes. Gio, thank you. Let's get right to ginger zee, because you are tracking the storm system, the heat and what it's going to look like come the holiday. Reporter: All of it. Let's follow. Richmond, Virginia. Record high. From there, up to Rochester, new York, the mild temperatures in place for most of the week in the area that you see highlighted there. Then the jet stream relaxes into a somewhat more Normal position. Seasonably chilly by the weekend. 10 to 30 degrees colder. But by next week when everybody is wanting a white house Christmas, it does not look good. That jet blocks out the polar air. We stay above average. We're watching, too, that storm in the rockies, all the way through the northern plains. Could see four to eight inches. Lots of cold and wind. All right, ginger, thank you.
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