Historic Snowstorm Blankets Chicago Area; Thousands Without Power, Hundreds Of Flights Canceled

Posted November 27, 2018

The two airports suffered far greater flight hiccups earlier on Sunday.

"That's when the winds will be pretty strong as well, so even though you don't have falling snow, you might have some blowing snow", Dergan said. The area is under a blizzard warning. Up to five inches of snow had fallen in parts of MI.

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 eastern Nebraska, part of Interstate 80 between Lincoln and Omaha was closed Sunday morning because of multiple crashes after snow blanketed the area.

"The National Weather Service said Kansas City International Airport received 5.3 inches, but totals ranged across the region", reports member station KCUR. A section of Interstate 70 was closed Sunday morning between Salina and Wakeeny.

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A commuter walks to a bus stop as snow falls, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Chicago.

Winter Storm Bruce brought snow and heavy winds to the Midwest and Great Lakes before heading into northern New England early in the week.

In response to the storm, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer issued a state of emergency declaration."Here in Kansas we make it a priority to take care of our neighbors", said Colyer.

A blizzard warning was in effect across northern IL until Monday morning, due to "life threatening travel conditions", according to a warning by the National Weather Service, as heavy snowfall and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour swept the region.

Travelers were told to beware of rain transitioning with little notice into heavy, wet snow on Sunday afternoon. Expect low visibility on the roads, too, when it's snowing.

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Forecasts say snowfall totals of 6 to 10 inches are possible across the Midwest.

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. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely unsafe. This includes residents of Kansas and some in parts of Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa.

Kluber said the storm was expected to hit the Chicago region sometime Sunday evening.

As of Sunday morning, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, a major travel hub, had reported 189 flight cancellations and Midway International Airport had reported an additional 19 canceled flights, according to WGN.

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