As much as 10 inches of snow call fall around O'Hare and Chicago's Midway Airport - where some 120 flights were canceled - was predicted 6 inches of snow. The Chicago Department of Aviation reported early Monday that, on average, departures were delayed by 77 minutes out of O'Hare. Some 1,785 U.S. flights had been canceled by Sunday evening, with delays to 17,408 flights, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware. Hundreds of air travelers trying to make it home after Thanksgiving were dealing with canceled flights.
In fact, I have been monitoring and witnessing convective snow south/west of Chicago (that's snow with thunder and lightning in it). "So I was able to spend the evening here at attractive O'Hare and had plenty of company", said Mark McCoy, referring to all the other travellers stranded at the travel hub. "We strongly recommend that you postpone travel plans", the Republican said in a statement, noting gusting winds and whiteout conditions. Further north, upstate NY and New England can expect more than a foot of snow.
In Liberty, Missouri 291 was closed at Liberty City Park because of slick road conditions.
Much of the Midwest is getting hit by this snowstorm. A major winter storm across Kansas, Missouri and IL has caused hundreds cancellations and delays. Baileyville, Kansas, notched 10 inches and 7 inches fell in Salina, Kansas.
The storm also dumped wet snow on parts of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, creating treacherous driving conditions.
Also with the snow the storm system is causing gusty winds in the area this morning into the early afternoon. Expect low visibility on the roads, too, when it's snowing.
Whiteout conditions closed Interstate 70 through most of Kansas nearly all-day Sunday.
Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories were in effect from central Missouri into eastern MI. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported multiple fender-benders but by midmorning on Monday the Department of Transportation said all roads were opened.
At Kansas City International Airport, almost 200 flights were cancelled.
Four to six inches of snow are likely in Chicago, with between eight and 12 inches possible in the northwest suburbs, according to ABC7's forecast. Several state and USA highways were impassable in Nebraska, but traffic was moving on Interstate 29 in the southwestern corner of Iowa and Interstate 80 in the eastern part of the state, despite a blanket of snow.