Bad Weather Making Life Difficult In Parts of Midwest and Northwest

Bad weather is making life miserable for millions this afternoon of Dec. 5.

In the Northwest, heavy flooding follows fierce storms that killed at least seven and drove many from their homes.

In the Midwest, pre-winter snow is making roads slow and treacherous.

Two different parts of the country, two powerful storms.

In parts of the Midwest they're dealing with the second snowstorm to hit in less than a week.

17 passengers on this greyhound bus were injured the morning of Dec. 5 after it spun out of control on a snowy interstate near Lafayette, Indiana.

"I know we went from side to side and we swung all over the place. It was scary, but thank God we're alive," said one bus passenger.

In Chicago, up to five inches of snow fell overnight, slowing commuters Dec. 5.

Plows worked non-stop overnight and the the morning of Dec. 5 to keep the roads clear.

And it was another white-knuckle commute in Minnesota's twin cities.
They got three more inches of snow on the top of the six inches that fell over the weekend.

"It took me four hours to get here from Minneapolis. Normally it would be 15 minutes," explained one driver.

It's not snow, but rain that they're cleaning up after in Western Washington.

At least five people have been killed in massive flooding that followed two days of downpours. A twenty-mile stretch of Interstate 5 was buried under as much as 10 feet of water. Helicopters rescued trapped drivers.

Entire neighborhoods were submerged.

"We're just gonna hope and pray that things work out," stated one person in Western Washington.

The Washington coast was battered not just by water, but wind.

Gusts of 100 miles an hour were reported, battering cars and blowing the roofs off of businesses.

As for the snow, most of it's been cleared off the streets here in Chicago, but dozens of flights were cancelled.

And more snow is in the forecast for later this week.

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