Hundreds of flights canceled as Midwest braces for snowstorm

Minnie Murray
November 27, 2018

The National Weather Service downgraded the notice to a winter storm warning in Cook, DuPage and Will Counties.

By Monday morning, the storm was expected to hit parts of northern IN and southern MI.

However, there was a flooding risk near the shore and flood warnings were issued for Cook County, Ill., and Lake and Porter counties in IN, the National Weather Service Chicago reported.

Check flight schedules if you have travel plans.

Part of Interstate 80 in Nebraska was closed Sunday morning after multiple accidents in the snowy conditions.

Forecasters predict more than a foot of snow is likely in southeast Nebraska, northeast Kansas, northwest Missouri and southwest Iowa.

Flight-tracking website FlightAware reported that more than 1,200 flights within, into or out of the US were canceled on Sunday, one of the busiest travel days of the year. Streets were dark, and many were without power, he said.

Monday's cancellations were caused by the inability by airlines to have aircraft in Kansas City for the morning flights, according to Kansas City International Airport.

The National Weather Service's Topeka office posted a video of near-blizzard conditions.

Whiteout conditions brought low visibility to the small town of Chariton, Iowa, which is an hour south of Des Moines. Sustained winds of between 30 and 45 miles per hour are anticipated in some areas, with the possibility of 65 miles per hour gusts.

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 Illinois State Police, which responded to many spin-outs and collisions - but no reports of serious injuries - had a similar message to stay off the roads unless necessary, particularly since falling temperatures were expected to make the roads even more slippery.

"The winter storm that has dropped over a foot of snow across the Mississippi Valley northward into the Upper Great Lakes will begin winding down later this morning [November 26]", the service said in a forecast. Parts of MI, the eastern shores of Lake Erie, as well ME could see up to a foot or more of snow before the storm exits the U.S. by Wednesday morning, Guy said. A major winter storm across Kansas, Missouri and IL has caused hundreds cancellations and delays.

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