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Two-Thousand-Mile Storm Crippling Much of US


From Denver to Dallas, from California to the Carolinas, a monster 2,000-mile winter storm is bearing down on much of the country, with its Arctic air, freezing rain, snow and icy conditions crippling entire regions.

Drivers are no match for the slick roads. One truck driver ended up spinning out of control and eventually crashing.

"He should not have slammed on his brakes, but like everybody that gets on a bridge, he slammed on his brakes," one witness said.

Even in the Deep South, states like Louisiana and Mississippi are dealing with winter storm warnings.

Then there's the West, where a rare dusting of snow fell on Las Vegas. In Dallas, one American Airlines jet slid off the runway.

"There wasn't a jolt; we came down smooth ... we touched the ground smooth," one passenger told WFAA-TV. "We kind of just glided off the runway to the left a little bit. We still had at least one wheel on the ground; we were slightly tilted to the left."

And Amarillo, Texas, saw a 37-car pile-up, with big-rigs becoming 15,000-pound hockey pucks on the dangerous, icy roads.

State troopers are crisscrossing the storm areas, ready to help those in need.

"Looking for people that are stranded," Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Michael Racy said.

After a short time of warmer temperatures and sunshine in New England, arctic air returned to the region. New York resident Frank Kopicki suffered a head injury after a chunk of ice from a big rig crashed through his windshield.

"I'd say a foot long, probably half a foot wide like this, a good slab," he said.

It's been a brutal winter in many places, with weather officials reporting snow on the ground in at least 48 states.

Meanwhile, expect more arctic weather throughout the day. The National Weather Service says temperatures will be 20 to 30 degrees below normal across much of the country again.

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