Heavy Snow Causes 20-Mile Long Backup Along I-65

Some drivers were forced to spend the night as parts of Kentucky were slammed with more than 2 feet of snow.
2:29 | 03/06/15

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And from the misery at the airports to the dangerous day on American roads. Up to two feet of snow in some places, and look at this tonight. The new image from nasa. A band of white from the deep south up to new England. Scenes like this in St. Louis playing out across the country. Wow. Cars spinning out. And bowling green, Kentucky, snow flows. Behind them, commuters, thankful. And on I-65 south of Louisville, grid locked drivers stranded. Tonight, we've learned for more than 16 hours, some of them. ABC's Alex Perez right there in Kentucky tonight. Reporter: Every driver's nightmare. Heavy snow causing a 20-mile long backup along I-65 in Kentucky. Passengers stranded hours, some like this mom, forced to spend most of the night in the car with her son. Thankfully, the truck driver ahead of us brought us water so we could make bottles. Reporter: Parts of Kentucky slammed with more than two feet of snow. The National Guard called in to help stranded drivers get to food and warming shelters. It's about 1:00 in the afternoon right now, and some of these vehicles have been here for about 16 hours. If you look, the line goes as far as the eye can see. It's frustrating because you don't know when it's going to end. Reporter: The weather woes all part of a massive storm system causing problems from Dallas to new England. Just outside Birmingham, Alabama, tonight, crews responding to a 14-car crash. In Rhode Island, one vehicle sliding into another. One driver knocked down, taken to the hospital. Back in Kentucky, a convoy of plow trucks working to clear I-65 and get cars moving again. And authorities are hoping to have all of those stranded drivers and their cars out of the way by sometime tonight. Here in Louisville, they are preparing for another blast of bitter cold, expected to be record-breaking cold tomorrow. David? All right, let's get more on that cold. Meteorologist rob Marciano is in Philadelphia tonight with more on the cold moving in next. Rob? Reporter: Good evening, David. The snow beginning to taper off here in Philadelphia. Believe it or not, this city was in a snowfall deficit until today and folks here making up for it by sledding down the rocky steps. All right, the back edge of the precip is now sliding through Philadelphia, back through Richmond, Virginia. And really by 10:00 tonight, it will be all off the coast. By that time, we'll see seven inches for New York, over five here in Philadelphia and about five in Washington, D.C. And then, of course, the big story is the colder air that's going to be pouring in behind this. Places like Lexington, over two feet of snow, minus one in the morning. That's not a wind chill.

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