Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Blizzard conditions blast US Midwest

Blizzard conditions blast US Midwest

A powerful snowstorm that blanketed much of the Midwest over the weekend began to wind down Monday morning after snarling flights, closing highways and forcing schools to close in several states.

As much as a foot was expected in Chicago.

One Chicago native trying to fly to Orlando, Florida, chided himself for not heeding the weather forecast, but maintained his sense of humor.

"It's all part of the Thanksgiving travel experience", McCoy said.

Other airports that showed flight delays due to weather included Newark in New Jersey, LaGuardia in NY and Boston Logan International.

One couple was faced with an unexpectedly long layover in Chicago after spending two weeks with their son in Thailand.

"We're not really dressed for the weather now", said Kernez, of Duluth, Minnesota.

The fast-moving storm system is now tracking to the East expected to hit upstate NY and northern New England on Monday. Police responded to dozens of crashes Monday morning in the Lansing area.

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A Blizzard Warning remained in effect early Monday from northeast Missouri into southeast Wisconsin and northeast IL, including the Chicago area.

Whiteout conditions closed Interstate 70 through most of Kansas nearly all-day Sunday.

And an approximately 60-mile stretch of Interstate 70 in Kansas has been closed, according to a tweet from the state's Department of Transportation, from WaKeeney to Russell.

The winter storm dumped 5.8 inches of snow at KCI Sunday, setting a record daily snow fall.

The National Weather Service warned residents to take care as the winter storm continues to batter states throughout Monday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported multiple fender-benders but by midmorning on Monday the Department of Transportation said all roads were opened.

Chicago's O'Hare International Airport alone has had at least 900 cancellations so far and delays averaging more than 40 minutes. Separately, a portion of Interstate 29 was shut down due to heavy snow in Missouri, near the Iowa border.

By midday, the blizzard warning was extended to parts of eastern IL and Chicago, where snow is forecast to fall at a rate of about 2 inches per hour.

The travel disruptions extended into Monday as well, with about 480 US flights canceled and almost 200 delayed as of Monday morning.

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