TODAY   |  February 18, 2014

Another storm hits winter-weary Midwest, Northeast

More ice and snow are hitting Americans from the Midwest to the Northeast, and commuting problems are rampant. But there’s finally a silver lining, with warmer weather in sight. NBC’s Dylan Dreyer reports.

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>> with today's top story.

>> and that is that weather again. another winter storm creating a mess for the commute. a new round of flight cancellations. nbc's dylan dreyer is in oakland, new jersey, that's ab 30 miles to the northwest of manhattan. dylan , good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning, matt. thinks house pretty much sums up how we're all feeling around here right now. we are in the middle of another round of poorly timed snow. it's a quick mover, but it dumps a decent amount of snow in a short period of time. and that time is right during rush hour.

>> chicago got slammed just in time for monday's evening rush hour.

>> anybody that says they're used to this because they live in chicago is a liar. i've lived here my whole life. it's horrific every time.

>> well over 1,000 flights canceled at chicago airports , thundersnow at the university of illinois . on interstate 94 in western michigan , a 4-miulticar pile-up.

>> started out wit a semi jackknife, another semi hitting that semi.

>> 3 inches plus as the storm ves east towards philadelphia. ady, cities in the eastern united states have seen huge increases in snowfall this winter. toledo, ohio, over 42 inches more than normal. newark, new jersey, over 41 inches more than normal. central park has received over 40 inches more than normal. bridgeport, connecticut, over 36 inches more than usual. and in allentown, pennsylvania, over 44 inches above normal. people in agreement everywhere, enough already.

>> reporter: now, we are going to get another couple inches of snow around here. but as this stomrm moves up into new england , massachusetts could end up with another 6 inches of snow. but there is still a warm-up in the forecast this week, and i'm really hoping al agrees with me on that one. guys?

>> he better. pressure's on now.

>> dylan , thank you very much.

>> so?

>> it's good news. but we have to get through this first. and we've got blizzard watches up later this week in the midwest. so we're not out of this quite yet. let's show you what we've got. you can see the mess has transferred itself to the eastern seaboard . jersey city , new jersey, looking at snow, it will end by later this afternoon. this system, though, we do have winter storm watches and warnings on up as you get into new england along new jersey, up into new england . storm system, it's a quick-mover as dylan mentioned, it does push up pretty quickly, the snow is going to intensify in new england on into boston. snowfall rates 1 to 2 inches per hour. here's what we've got as far as snowfall accumulations starting in the northeast, about 1 to 4 inches of snow as you get into connecticut. but as you move up into the northeast in new england , we're talking some areas, portland, maine, for example, could see up to 9 inches before this is all over. so, guys, we still have to put up with this a little bit longer. then we do get that warm-up. that's good news.

>> thanks very much.