a storm so big it runs from
coast to coast
. 9 at one point today, this measured over 2,000 miles in its total width. more than one simple and complete
. nine states are under blizzard warnings tonight, and they're talking about what, two feet or more, in a possibly history making blizzard in
, illinois, as this ugly winter of
continues. kevin tibbles heads off our coverage. 9
brian, a huge swath of this nation, including right here in beautiful
, illinois is expecting 24 inches, two feet of snow from a massive storm paralyzes much of the country. as the
monster marches in, the nation mobilizes. an estimated 100 million people stand in the path of this massive storm.
i can barely talk right now, my face is so freakin' cold.
fema is already positioned in 11 states.
states of emergency
declared in at least four. and the
has been deployed in others.
nothing's leaving, so you don't know whether to sit here and wait or rent a car and try to drive.
more than 6,000 flights already cancelled. power outages reported from texas to michigan and beyond.
, where they know winter is bracing for two feet of snow.
we are prepared to use our whole fleet of 274 trucks and 120 garbage trucks with quick hitch plows.
heavy snow and ice hammering major cities hard.
i'm charles hadlock outside of dallas, where snow, sleet and ice brought closures and shut down
. just as 100,000 people are starting to descend on this city for this weekend's
. 9 we've had winds gusting 40 to 50 miles an hour. that's causing whiteout conditions here. advisability at times getting below an eighth of a mile. that creates dangerous travel conditions. in fact, the
of transportation advising people to stay off the roads and stay home.
in st. louis, the big concern is the heavy snow on top of the ice that's already here, plus heavy winds are going to bring down tree limbs and
. the local utility has 500 linemen standing by.
here, near indianapolis an inch of ice has glazed roads and freeways.
troops are helping drivers and residents. and forecasters are calling the storm devastating. saying it could be the worst in state history.
brian, you heard them, authorities are saying, stay home, stay off the roads, and hunker down. this could be a very long and dangerous night.