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Snowstorm batters parts of Midwest, 100s of flights cancelled

27 November, 2018, 09:04 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • The Latest Blizzard warning remains in effect in Midwest

Part of Interstate 80 in Nebraska was closed Sunday morning after multiple accidents in the snowy conditions. "We strongly recommend you postpone travel plans due to the conditions if possible".

The National Weather Service said 7.5 inches of snow fell at O'Hare and 4.9 inches fell at Midway International Airport in Chicago.

According to FlightAware.com, more than 3,000 flights in the U.S. have been canceled due to the wintry weather conditions over the past couple of days, and more than 10 million people are now under a blizzard warning.

The Chicago area was slammed with up to 30 centimetres of wet snow, and whiteout conditions stalled commuter traffic on the roads.

Illinois State police and LaSalle County emergency management said crews were removing people from their cars by snowmobile and urged people to stay off the roads into Monday, WBBM-TV reported.

There were reports of snow as high as 16 inches in parts of Iowa (Osceola), with other areas reporting 3 inches to 10 inches.

According to a tweet by the National Weather Service, parts of MI, the eastern shore of Lake Erie and ME could be covered by up to a foot or more of snow by Wednesday morning. In addition, more than 200,000 people in IL don't have any power, while more than 50,000 are also without power in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin.

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Strong winds and snow were expected to create blizzard conditions across much of Nebraska and parts of Kansas, Iowa and Missouri.

The storm was also bringing wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour throughout northern IL, leading to whiteout conditions on area highways. Streets were dark, and many were without power, he said. The National Weather Service was warning those conditions would make travel hard in places.

The National Weather Service office in Chicago said the worst will come late Sunday.

Reporting from Oak Park, Illinois, Reynolds reports that 2 inches of snow were falling an hour and the total accumulation could be more than a foot by the end of the day.

The storm is moving to the lower Great Lakes, making its way toward New England by Tuesday. Dozens of schools in MI are also closed in the Owosso Public Schools, Durand Area Schools, Waterbrook Christian Academy in Genesee Township, New Lothrop Public Schools, and North Huron Schools in Huron County areas, reports M-Live.

By Monday, Brink said, the storm will have moved into the Northeast.

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