Snow Storm Slams Midwest, Causes Thousands Of Flights To Be Canceled

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Passengers traveling home from their holiday weekend trips were grounded in Chicago, Illinois Sunday as a blizzard-like storm came for the Midwest and resulted in more than 800 flights being canceled.

Interstate 29 in Missouri was closed near the Iowa border, the AP reports.

Chicago's O'Hare airport, a hub for the entire Midwest, saw mass cancellations - 801 arriving and departing flights were canceled on Sunday, with more than 300 others delayed.

As the storm passed through Kansas on Sunday evening, the National Weather Service lifted blizzard warnings from the state and declared them in parts of northeast Missouri, including St. Louis, north IL, including Chicago, and southeast Wisconsin.

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More outages will be possible as the storm intensifies through the afternoon, the National Weather Service warned.

The National Weather Service said snow of 6 to 12 inches was possible in parts of Iowa into IL. A blizzard warning is expected to remain in effect in the city until 9 a.m. Monday. The National Weather Service office in Kansas City advised people who had family still in town to keep them there another day due to the risky conditions.

The metro area saw a windy morning Sunday as snow moved through the area and temperatures fell.

ComEd reports 20,000 customers without power in the entire north region of IL, with the hardest-hit areas west of I-39 and in Streamwood, Palatine and Schaumburg.

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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. That included semitrailer trucks jackknifed across the highway.

Meteorologists say the heaviest snow is expected to be in southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri where 8 to 12 inches could fall in towns such as Nebraska City, Falls City, Beatrice and Red Oak. Flooding is possible on Lake Shore Drive, with wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour on the immediate shoreline and possible waves of 12 to 18 feet.

Travel was highly discouraged because of expected blizzard conditions.

Expect travel difficulties and whiteout conditions in some areas with gusty winds developing around the storm system. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely risky.

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