Massive winter storm moving from west to east

A major storm is expected to bring snow, ice and rain from the Great Plains to the Northeast and Southeast.
2:46 | 02/20/19

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And we begin tonight with the major winter storm hitting this evening through tomorrow. And word of that emergency landing late today. 160 million Americans in the path of this storm. Lightning strike and then that emergency landing, this jet was bound for Atlanta. Accidents piling up in Colorado Springs, just a mess tonight. And from the gulf, blinding rain near Birmingham, Alabama. Two systems merging as we come on tonight. This whole thing stretches from New Mexico all the way east to New York. A difficult commute for many in the morning. We have the track for you tonight. ABC's Steve osunsami with us tonight. Reporter: 164 were onboard this jet when it made an emergency landing. We're going to land and deal with that on the ground. Reporter: Luckily, no one was hurt. The flooding rains forecast in the south are happening now across Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. We cannot stress enough, do not cross the water. Do not try to drive across a roadway that's flooded. Reporter: This was the slippery travel on highways south of Birmingham, and south of Atlanta today, hail was bouncing off cars. The driver of this pickup truck in sterlington, Louisiana, was struck by lightning today, as he was driving through the rain. He walked away from this fireball uninjured. Flood watches stretch from Louisiana to Pennsylvania. The storm causing all this rain in the south will merge tonight with this storm that sent cars spinning out of control in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this morning. Police report at least 22 accidents with injuries on the slick roads. And Steve osunsami with us live tonight from Atlanta. You can see slow going behind Steve tonight. It's not just the blinding rain for the ride home there, but this is going to continue for days, Steve? Reporter: It is, David. I don't know if you can see this behind me, there's actually a wreck on the downtown connector here in Atlanta that was caused most likely by this rain. The rain is expected to continue through the weekend as another storm moves in. David? Steve, thank you. Let's get more from chief meteorologist ginger zee, back with us tonight and the track and the timing. This is massive, ginger. Reporter: It is, impacting so many people, David. Snow totals already coming in, Wichita, Kansas, just west of them, seven inches. And we're going to see snow totals like that in places like the twin cities. Washington, D.C., especially north and west could end up with up to a half foot. Let's time it out. This is the critical part. If you are in the twin cities or Chicago or Washington, D.C., you're all along that frozen precipitation, so, you start as snow, move that warm front farther north, it's going to end up coming through Philadelphia during the day on Wednesday. We just saw a travel advisory issued right here in New York City. We'll go snow, sleet and rain like we have almost the entire winter, David. I know you'll be tracking it straight through "Gma" in the morning. Ginger, thank you.

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