Millions Travel for Holiday, Face Delays in Stormy Weather

Busy holiday travel weekend slowed by snow, strong winds across country.
2:31 | 12/21/12

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mass exodus is under way. 93 million americans trying to make their way home for the holidays, in the wake of a monster storm. And all day, from l.A. To new york, we saw the pictures. Families stranded at airports. And look, every dot a plane. Hundreds of flights never made it off the ground, though. Here's why. Highways iced over, turned into skating rinks and powerful wind that's not the ogedz. It's the normally calm waters of lake michigan. The ice, wind and snow, a headache for travelers. Tonight abc's meteorologist ginger zee is tracking it all from one of the busiest airports in the nation, chicago. Reporter: So many flights have been canceled. The holiday rush is on. Airports packed with frustration and fiasco. They told us they can't fly us out of here until monday, which is two days after our cruise leaves. Reporter: More than 1600 flights yesterday and today, canceled. Among those affected -- the apter family. Their nine months of planning a family trip to peru -- erased. "It's frustrating. We're going home. We're not happy," said leslie apter. Ripple effects from thursday's storm felt all the way to los angeles. I had to wait 45 minutes to see somebody to change my next flight. Reporter: The storm that caused all that unhappiness -- but it ripped skrafld scaffolding in new york city today, rocked rough waves across the great lakes, and left far from perfect roads for the 83 million expected to hit them this weekend. We took an icy drive from des moines, iowa to chicago. So, this is i-80 and we are only going 20 miles per hour -- it's a full ice rink, even though the skies are completely blue. Look at the westbound lanes. We don't know how long that goes. The weather woes are on the west coast too. Heavy rain drenching the pacific northwest causing landslides in oregon, and shutting down rail service in parts of washington state after 11 landslides in three days. The weather this weekend is a whole lot quieter, so good news, aside from the storm in the west. Next question, who gets a white christmas? The rockies, the plains, where we had the blizzard, plenty of cold to keep the snow there and new england could see fresh white, at least in some parts.

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