Transcript for Major winter storms gaining strength and moving east
Winter weather alerts from the rockies to new England. That wild crash caught on camera in the west, Texas fog there, the semi-truck out of control coming so close to that camera person, landing a trooper in the hospital. And this bus, out of control, sliding sideways down a street outside of Minneapolis. Drivers stranded going nowhere fast. Roads a sheet of ice. Drivers slipping and sliding in downtown Dallas as well. ABC's Stephanie Ramos with the numerous fender-benders there. ABC's Stephanie Ramos with the latest. Reporter: Tonight, a major winter storm barreling east just as millions return home from the holidays. The dangerous storm system bringing heavy snow, ice, and rain, causing delays for more than 115 million people. The storm first hitting parts of the west. In Denver, heavy snow and high winds causing near-whiteout conditions. Icy roads causing this van to rear-end a car at an intersection. This pickup truck sliding across the slick roads. Drivers stranded along highways. Abandoned cars left on the roads. In Lubbock, Texas, kcbd-tv capturing this 18-wheeler losing control and plowing into other vehicles before sliding onto its side and injuring a state trooper. Over in the dakotas, snow-covered roads stranding drivers there too. This truck tumbling off the highway. Across Minnesota, police say there have been more than 350 crashes between 5:00 A.M. And 10:00 A.M. This morning, alone. This school bus skidding dangerously into an intersection. Neighborhood streets frozen over, kids even playing hockey on them. And Stephanie Ramos joining us now live. Those blizzard conditions making travel difficult in the dakotas and the winter storm now leading to a variety of travel delays. That's exactly right, whit. Air travel has been impacted. Airlines like delta and united issuing travel waivers in Minneapolis and Denver as more than 200 flights have been cancelled and thousands more delayed. Whit. All right, Stephanie Ramos, thank you. Let's get to meteorologist Jeff Smith from our station WABC. That storm slamming the middle of the country, expected to make a mess in the northeast on Monday. If you're north and west of the path of this storm, a major winter weather event unfolding right now, Nebraska up through parts of dakotas, where we have winter storm warnings in effect right through the day tomorrow. We're talking over a foot of snow in those areas. Let's track this storm, it's persistent snow and wind. Minneapolis, cold rain overnight tonight. As it moves into the northeast, the very leading edge of this could be an icy mix. Especially north and west of the boston/hartford line. It could be an icy morning commute. Where it remains snow, from northern Nebraska through the dakotas and northern Minnesota. Whit. As people are getting back to work. Jeff Smith, thank you.
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