Nightly News | February 24, 2012
>>> wild range of weather creating headaches across our country tonight. when we left you last night, folks in the upper midwest were preparing for a snowstorm. tonight that system moved east. down south, by the way, they are dealing with dangerous high winds and embedded severe storms as we head into the weekend. at one point this afternoon, 15 million americans were under a tornado watch . weather channel meteorologist mike side he'll is in chicago tonight . mike, good evening.
>> reporter: good evening, brian. the storm now has a name. they are calling it the sasketchewan screamer. as it moved into the midwest is dumped half a foot of snow. tonight it's taking aim on the northeast. it's not over till it's over. today mother nature showed that certainly true this winter. in chicago, strong winds and slushy snow made for slick roads and a maddening morning commute.
>> there's been a lot of accidents. my area isn't plowed yet.
>> reporter: the storm snarled air travel across the country. more than 200 flights were canceled at o'hare, ruining weekend plans for joanna and her 6-year-old daughter katie.
>> i wanted to see my brother and dad.
>> reporter: this is only chicago's third sizable snowstorm this season and dozens of schools were canceled. snowplows and snow blowers getting a rare winter workout. after dumping more than nine inches of snow in colorado and the dakotas, the storm system swept east across the midwest into the great lakes. that same system causing severe weather across the south. hail in georgia. in alabama, high winds ripped the roof off a school with 62 children inside. luckily, no one was seriously injured. in connecticut, temperatures yesterday approached 60 degrees. this morning, there was as much as five inches of snow on the ground. it fell heavy and fast, knocking out power for hundreds of customers.
>> when i hear the sound of coffee perking, i looked and it dawned on me, the power is off.
>> reporter: the heavy snow as ski resorts in the northeast gearing up for what could be the best weekend yet after one of the mildest winters on record. with landscapes like these, many are taking it in stride.
>> it's not bad, the end of february, people.
>> reporter: the real impact going forward will be high winds . winds could gust over 50 miles per hour across the northeast. that will raise additional worries of more power outage and guarantee long flight delays at the airport and flight cancellations.
>> our wild season continues. mike side he'll, thanks as always.