Record Breaking Storm Slams Mideast to Northwest

Air Date: 02/01/2011
Source:
NBC Today Show
Creator:
Meredith Vieira/Al Roker
Air/Publish Date:
02/01/2011
Event Date:
02/01/2011
Resource Type:
News Report
Copyright:
NBCUniversal Media, LLC.
Copyright Date:
2011
Clip Length:
00:03:22

A triple threat of snow, ice and sleet is creating dangerous conditions across much of the nation. NBC's Al Roker tracks the record breaking storm from Chicago, Illinois.

Record Breaking Storm Slams Mideast to Northwest

MEREDITH VIEIRA, co-host:

Conditions are only going to get worse throughout the day and into tomorrow. More than a foot of snow is expected over a 2100-mile stretch from Texas to Maine and some areas could also get more than an inch of ice. One hundred million people could be impacted. Al has made his way to Chicago where the storm could break more than a 40-year-old record.

Al, good morning to you.

AL ROKER reporting:

Well, good morning, Meredith. And this is a monster of a storm. More than 2100-mile stretch of more than a foot of snow could fall over the next 48 hours. Here in Chicago, we are talking about a storm that could be one of the top three of all time. You can see the radar right now, and so far snowfall amounts anywhere from 10 to 15 inches of snow has fallen into the Plains as this continues to really rack up the snowfall amounts. And we are talking about bracing for a storm here in Chicago that could break the record set back in 1967.

The snow's back and lots more of it's on its way. This massive storm began on Monday as commuters in Denver, Colorado, had to fight snowy roads and ice on their windshields. Ice-slicked roads in Omaha, Nebraska, had vehicles spinning their wheels and a school bus sliding. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, the snow blowers are out in force again. Nearly half of the country under some kind of weather advisory today because of this massive winter storm.

With Missouri already in a state of emergency, St. Louis residents hit stores Monday to stock up. Bags of salt and ice scrapers flying off the shelves.

Mr. CHUCK GUNN (Orscheln Farm & Home): Snow shovels are all gone. Anything that has to do with winter we're either low or running out of.

ROKER: It's the same story here in Chicago where residents rush to get ready for what could be a historic storm.

Offscreen Voice: Visibility is poor.

ROKER: Before it's all over, this storm may break Chicago's 1967 record when almost two feet of snow fell.

Mr. RAYMOND OROZCO (Chief of Staff for Mayor of Chicago): We may potentially be dealing with a storm of historic proportions. We want to assure everyone in this city that we are prepared to handle this storm to the best of our ability.

ROKER: We are under a blizzard warning here in Chicago. Nine states now, parts of nine states are under blizzard warnings. Take a look at the map, show you the path of this storm. It now only is going to be causing problems here, but it's also to the south going to be triggering very, very severe thunderstorms, possibly of isolated tornadoes. But as it moves to the north, frozen precip, we're talking mixed sleet, rain, snow stretching all the way into New England. We're talking two-day amounts of up to two feet of snow here in Chicago. South Bend could pick up almost two feet, Eighteen inches in Detroit, Albany will see 20 inches, Kansas City up to a foot and maybe a foot and a half of snow.

And the cold air is a big problem with this system, too. We are talking the jet stream dipping way down to the South. The temperatures as you can see well below zero throughout the Plains. Wind chills make it feel even worse. The afternoon highs in a lot of parts of the Plains will not get out of the sub-zero readings. And of course, the other problem with this system is going to be ice. And we're going to hear about that from Mike Seidel. Matt:

LAUER: All right. Al Roker out in Chicago this morning. Al, thanks very much.

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