Southern California Faces Big Snowstorm

Ginger Zee tracks the latest weather news across America.
2:05 | 01/11/13

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snow in southern california. Part of a big storm marching across the country, freezing highways and abc's meteorologist ginger zee tells us what to expect. Reporter: This is not what southern california generally looks like. A major highway shut down thanks to blankets of blowing snow. It's a bad situation for people who don't have chains not used to these kind of conditions. Reporter: Thousands of cars and semis immobilized for hours, stuck on a snowbound section of i-5 outside lanos angeles overnight. We've got to be patient. There's nothing you can do. Reporter: Today, they were rescued by california highway patrol. With the wicked wind and snow comes killer cold. Farmers in california scrambled to protect precious crops as temperatures plunge toward record lows in the 30s. The roads weren't a whole lot better in slat lake city as plows struggled to keep them clear. Trying to come home was a disaster, there's actually two lanes but everybody made three. It's really bad. Reporter: High winds and bl blowing dust closed this colorado interstate but it wasn't all bad. The fresh powder attracted skiers and snowboarders in california. And so much snow fell, one utah family managed to build a monster 30-foot snowman. His name? Harvey. There will be more harveys dom and more messes on the roadways, especially in part was colorado, wyoming, where places are seeing not only blizzard conditions but also big dust storms, because, with all of this snow and you're seeing three to six additional inches in the pink area, six to ten where you see the deep magenta, you have that blowing and ice, that is where the roads really start to sock in. There is some good news out on the east coast, at least for a time, look at the temperatures from ten to 20 degrees above average. New york city, by this sunday, will be close to 60 degrees. Washington, d.C., Close to 70. RALEIGH IN THE 70s, LET'S SEE What happens in chicago, they go from 50 to 28, cold front swings through. Whiplash in all directions. Thank you, ginger zee. With the warming temperatures,

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