Freezing Temperatures Chill the Nation

Americans from the Texas panhandle to New England endure harsh weather.
2:56 | 11/28/14

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And we begin with those plunging temperatures. Millimeters of Americans glad to be until on this holiday, shutting out the bitter cold. In Minnesota, most everyone waking up to temperatures below zero. Snowstorms downing power lines like this one in western Massachusetts. A quarter of a million people still in the dark. And the travel delays not over. This man waiting for a flight at New York's Laguardia today. But the cold did not stop those holiday parades, with Turkey floats and the famous snoopy balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade. The forecast in just a moment, but first, gio Benitez starting us off. Reporter: Tonight, a biting cold holiday for millions across the country. In Minnesota, wind chills as low as 30 below zero. Min yap yap lis seeing the coldest Thanksgiving in three decades. From the Texas panhandle, all the way to new England, residents waking up to freezing temperatures today. That nor'easter this week, dumping up to 20 inches of snow and causing countless wrecks on one of the busiest travel dales of the year. For those still making their way by air, about a thousands flights delayed or canceled, leaving travelers hoping to get to their destination before the Turkey is served. The heavy snow also knocking out power to residents across new England. We looked out here, the tree was down. Took the wires down, snapped the pole in half. Reporter: This family in Greenwood lake, New York, was all ready for their Thanksgiving dinner when they lost power. They're now moving their celebration to a relative's house. Crews today across the region, working to restore power to the hundreds of thousands who are still in the dark. Some electricity would be great. Reporter: And it not over yet. Coastal new England could be in store for another four inches of snow through tomorrow morning. The cold and snow flurries not enough to keep more than 3 million people form enjoying the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade. It's freezing. I have hot pads. Reporter: And tonight, some good news. People traveling back from their holiday destinations may have an easier journey than they did earlier this week and that's because a warmup is expected all along the east coast, Amy. Gio, thank you. And ABC's senior meteorologist rob Marciano is here and rob, a warmup sounds pretty nice, especially for people like you who are along that chilly parade route. It was cold this morning along the parade route. It was cold in Chicago. The coldest Thanksgiving they'd had in 25 years. A couple of days of chilly weather to deal with. But Sunday, a good 20 degrees warmer than today. Into the 50s in the northeast. Watching the northwest for a strong storm system there. Flood watches up in Seattle. That rain spreads south into San Francisco on Sunday. And Sunday is a big travel day. Everyone coming home. It is. But this go round, the mess is going to be out west. California will get a good rainstorm there. Los Angeles will get the rain on Monday. 19 in Spokane. Might get some snow in Seattle over the weekend. East of the rockies, it will be trouble free come Sunday. Rob, thank you so much.

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