Winter storm continues to batter central Midwest

Winter storm continues to batter central Midwest

Winter storm continues to batter central Midwest

About a dozen flights that moved through Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport were canceled on Monday shortly after a wintry storm brought blizzard-like conditions to parts of the Midwest.

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

Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are in effect from central Missouri into eastern MI. The storm brought blizzard conditions to the Plains and Midwest on Sunday, complicating the busy travel day as Thanksgiving weekend came to a close. "We strongly recommend you postpone travel plans due to the conditions if possible".

The storm is expected to wind down on Monday, though the National Weather Service warned that travel conditions would be rough through the morning in affected areas, including Nebraska, parts of Iowa, Missouri and Kansas.

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According to the Chicago Tribune, 7.4 inches of snow fell at O'Hare International Airport by 7:00 a.m. local time, 7.6 inches was dumped on Crystal Lake.

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At Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, 641 flights were canceled and another 416 were delayed Monday, FlightAware reported.

The region could see whiteouts and slick roads throughout Sunday, making travel hard if not impossible at times, Brink said.

The weather service posted some snowfall totals on Twitter Sunday night.

It's going to be a sloppy drive and unsafe at times this morning and most of the day due to blowing snow even when the moisture begins to cut off. Temps in the mid 30s falling to the low 30s with winds NNW 10-20 miles per hour gusting to 30 miles per hour at times. He said rain will give way to heavy snowfall and "near whiteout conditions" that will make for unsafe travel.

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

Chicago's O'Hare International Airport alone has had at least 900 cancellations so far and delays averaging more than 40 minutes. Wind reports from the Central Plains clocked wind gusts at tropical storm force from 50 to 75 miles per hour from Nebraska to Texas. The Kansas Department of Transportation tweeted late Sunday that Interstate 70 had reopened statewide but that there could be morning delays, with ice and wind blowing snow over just cleared highways.

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