Massive Winter Storm on the Move

About 80 million Americans, from New Mexico to Michigan, find themselves in the path of the storm.
2:46 | 12/28/15

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Cecilia? And that same system having a domino effect from north New Mexico to Michigan. Packing a dangerous winter punch. From delays to cancellations and all of the headaches. Here's Phillip Mena. Reporter: Tonight, millions of travelers trying to make their way home on one of the busiest travel days in the holiday season. Blizzard conditions in the Oklahoma panhandle causing whiteout conditions. Freezing rain and sleet making for slick and dangerous conditions. Slow plows working to clear the road. In Lubbock, Texas, snow drifts cover the roads. The road from Amarillo to the Mexico border, closed for the night. More than 20 motorists stranded. Trucks out of control, resting in the snow bank. Mike stringer from our affiliate KOAT. Just last week, it was 60 degrees in Roswell. Today, everything is covered in snow. We've had more than a foot of snow fall in the last 24 hours. That's made driving here very treacherous. Reporter: That nasty winter storm, sweeping much of the country, throwing a wrench into those flying home, too. Travelers frustrated. I would call it a nightmare, yes. That's a good way to say it. Living hell, is what it's been. Reporter: Long lines at airports. More than 1,000 flights cancelled, more than 4,000 delayed. They can't find our bags. Reporter: In Dallas, just getting to the airport was a struggle. A lot of accidents. Ambulances, and everything rushing through the freeways. Reporter: Here in Dallas, we're seeing long airport lines. And with all those cancellations, thousands of travelers will be spending at least one more night on Christmas vacation. Whether they like it or not. Cecilia? Phillip, thank you. And as we said, 80 million in the path of the storm. And indra petersons joins us. And you were saying it's been the deadliest season for tornadoes. Tornado watch until about 10:00 P.M. Central time, for portions of Texas, Indiana, Arkansas. And this is one big system, and there are so many components to it. Heavy rainfall, and on the backside, the winds come out of the north. Places like Chicago with a winter storm warning, and winds gusting to 60 miles per hour. Look at the impact of the system. Over a foot of snow in the panhandle, creating a huge mess in the east. Potential for icing.

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