Massive ice storm wreaks havoc on Midwest

by Jay Gray
NBC News

It is another day in the deep freeze for a big part of the Midwest.

A massive ice storm has knocked power out to hundreds of thousands in the region and more problems may be on the way.

The conditions are deadly.

At least 23 people have died as a result of this massive winter storm.

Most of Oklahoma is frozen.

The thick layer of ice is too heavy for trees and power lines to bear.

For many that means no way to stay warm.

Crews are clearing away frozen debris and piecing together snapped lines as quickly as possible, battling not only the problems, but the elements as well.

It's another day of major delays and canceled flights across the region, while on the ground slick roadways are making for some difficult, and at times impossible trips.

"The side streets will freeze up, and the bridge decks, so everyone needs to be very careful as they are out and about," warned Chicago Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Michael Picardi.

States of emergency have been declared in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

Several more areas could be added to that list as the storm moves into the Northeast later today.