TODAY   |  February 21, 2013

Winter snow blankets western US, travels east

The latest big blast of winter weather is predicted to hit 18 states, affecting 30 million people, and has already dumped snow from San Diego across Arizona and into the Midwest. The Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel reports.

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>> we want to start with that winter storm impacting a big section of the country this morning. weather channel mike seidel is in kansas city city this morning. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, savannah. this is a big storm that will bring a lot of snow, possibly the most they've seen in kansas city in 20 years. this part of the country is in a terrible drought and farmers will be happy about anything falling from the sky. this may be coming soon to a side walk near you. just like this trusty mailman in michigan, millions of americans are already being challenged by a fierce winter storm . in can, they're bracing for up to 18 inches of snow in some parts. police in wichita are telling folks to stay home.

>> we are asking people to stay off the roadways because of the conditions that are deteriorating.

>> reporter: the latest big blast of winter is predicted to hit 18 states, affecting at least 30 million people. all from a storm that hit california and the west coast and is now moving across the country. in tulsa, oklahoma, reduced visibility has led to numerous accidents, some roads impassable and at least one person killed. snow is usually just a four-letter word in places near san diego . while the kids seemed to love it.

>> truly cool. it never snowed this much.

>> reporter: drivers decidedly did not.

>> started to get dicey weather and then we saw the police vehicles , they had the flair set up.

>> reporter: in arizona, baseball fields in scottsdale were buried under a blanket of snow.

>> no, this is not a joke. we are in arizona.

>> reporter: even golfers on the pga tour ran into wacky weather in tucson. the match had to be postponed. 2 inches of snow covered the course. golfer ricky fowler demonstrated he can throw a mean snowball when he's not on the links. wow, amazing pictures on the golf course . they'll be on the links today as the temperatures warm up in tucson. meanwhile back in kansas city , they already can stockhoseled 130 flights. we have seen plenty of snow around wichita.

>> and the cold weather even affecting electricity for those doing