Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

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

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

At least 1,265 US flights were canceled and another 5,000 or so were delayed on the final day of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, considered the busiest travel day of the year, according to the flight-tracking firm FlightAware.

The southwest-northeast-oriented heavy snow band is projected to lay-out over the Chicago area along and north of Interstates-88 and 90 (see heavy snow probability map below with the 70% and greater probability of 8-inches or more snow tonight encircled by the green line and centered over northeast IL into southwest Lower Michigan).

According to the National Weather Service, 7.4 inches of snow fell at O'Hare International Airport during the storm, the fifth highest total ever recorded in a November snowstorm in Chicago.

The storm canceled 1,270 flights on Sunday for travelers trying to get home after the Thanksgiving weekend.

"I knew it was right around the corner, and behold I stayed that one extra day and paid the price". "It's pretty treacherous travel conditions", she said. "Please take all necessary precautions, including altering travel plans to leave early or asking yourself if your trip can wait". At Midway International Airport, 66 flights had been canceled and seven more were delayed.

Parts of southeastern Wisconsin, just north of Chicago, suffered a glancing blow from the storm, with about 23 centimetres of blowing and drifting snow.

Forecasters predict more than a foot of snow is likely in southeast Nebraska, northeast Kansas, northwest Missouri and southwest Iowa. The strong winds also caused power outages for tens of thousands of people across the Chicago area, FOX32 reported.

Valeria Garcia of Woodstock clears snow from her vehicle Sunday evening at the Metra station in Woodstock.

As of Monday morning, parts of Chicago remained under a blizzard or winter storm warning.

The arrivals and departures board shows the delayed and canceled flights at Washington's Reagan National Airport after technical issues at a Federal Aviation Administration center in Virginia caused delays on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015.

Almost every roadway in the state of Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri was either partially covered or fully covered by snow and blowing snow at 8 a.m. Sunday, making travel almost impossible across the region. In Kansas, a large stretch of Interstate 70, spanning much of the state, was closed between Junction City and WaKeeney on Sunday, and Gov.

A system arriving in the region Sunday night could dump 5 to 8 inches of heavy, wet snow through Monday afternoon.

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