Wintery blast moves toward Great Lakes; 1,000 flights canceled

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Crews also are plowing on secondary routes in areas that saw heavier snow totals in Kane, McHenry, Lake, DuPage and northern Cook counties, Tridgell said.

If you're just returning from a few days away for the Thanksgiving weekend...you may not have heard...a thick, heavy, wet, high-moisture content snow will unfold overnight into Monday morning. This is bringing the heaviest swatch of snow across southern Iowa.

Flight-tracking website, FlightAware showed the chaos caused to travelers as a winter storm blanketed much of the central Midwest with snow and resulted in a state of emergency being declared in Kansas.

United Airlines, which also has a hub at O'Hare, is cancelling some flights, and expects the number to increase as the storm develops.

As well as parts of Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri braced for strong winds and snow creating blizzard conditions.

By Monday morning, many areas from the Plains to the Midwest will have seen 6 to 10 inches of snow, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

A blizzard warning has come to an end for southeastern Wisconsin where a glancing blow from a central Midwestern storm dumped about nine inches of snow in some areas.

Winds are expected to gust as high as 55 miles per hour, potentially creating white out conditions.

The National Weather Service Quad Cities office posted a video of a weather balloon being released in a blizzard.

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The storm caused multiple highways and interstates to close across both Kansas and Missouri.

This has reportedly led to at least 655 canceled flights as of Sunday afternoon, with more possible.

As of 7:30 p.m., 740 flights had been canceled at O'Hare International Airport, while 399 others were facing delays, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

A screen displays flight status information at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago late Sunday, with several cancellations noted.

Interstate 70 in Kansas and Interstate 80 in Nebraska were closed due to whiteout conditions.

The Nebraska State Patrol closed westbound I-80 between Lincoln and Omaha because of the crashes on Sunday morning, which included semitrailer trucks jackknifed across the highway.

Air Travel in many parts of the U.S.is interrupted Monday morning because of a snowstorm in the Midwest.

"We have manpower and equipment out in those locations, but motorists should anticipate a slower afternoon and evening commute, with some slick conditions expected", he said. He said rain will give way to heavy snowfall and "near whiteout conditions" that will make for risky travel.

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