"Good idea to stay home today, if possible" — Blizzard warning continues


At Midway International Airport, at least more 69 flights had been canceled, with delays averaging less than 15 minutes.

Blizzard conditions made holiday travel treacherous on the roads and miserable for air travelers in the Midwest starting over the weekend and continuing into Monday.

However, there was a flooding risk near the shore and flood warnings have been issued for Cook County, Ill., and Lake and Porter counties in IN, the National Weather Service Chicago reported.

With much of the central plains and Great Lakes region under blizzard or winter storms warnings, roughly 600 flights headed to or from the US had been canceled as of 2 p.m. Sunday, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware. "We are asking that you do your part, by driving at a safe speed, don't drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, keep your distractions down and wear your seatbelts", the ISP said in the statement. Overall, nationwide, USA Today reported 500 canceled flights total, and another 700 delayed as of 11:50 am ET Sunday. Some airlines will also waive fees for flight changes.

Heavy snows and strong winds moved through the region Sunday evening, causing risky travel conditions on a busy day on the roads.

About 7 inches of snow fell across McHenry County on Sunday night, and it is expected to continue through Monday morning, National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Donofrio said.

The storm will continue into northwest Missouri, northern IL and southeast Wisconsin before heading into New England, bringing unsafe blizzard conditions in its path, the NWS says.

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.

While the Omaha metro got an icy dusting, some areas around Nebraska City fielded up to 10 inches of snow Sunday. That included semitrailer trucks jackknifed across the highway.

The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District responded to two single-vehicle crashes Sunday afternoon, one at McConnell and Sanctuary roads and the other on Greenwood Road.

In Kansas, Gov. Jeff Colyer issued a state of emergency declaration.

And an approximately 60-mile stretch of Interstate 70 in Kansas has been closed, according to a tweet from the state's Department of Transportation, from WaKeeney to Russell.

It's expected to bring heavy snow to the New England area and heavy rain to parts of the I-95 corridor, which could lead to possible traffic delays due to flooding in cities like NY and Philadelphia, meteorologists said.

Despite temperatures around 38 in La Salle-Peru, those temperatures are forecast to fall, as is heavy snow - with Mendota forecast to receive more than Peru and Peru forecast to receive more than Streator. Many were supposed to be routed through Chicago or Kansas City - areas forecast to be hit hard by the storm.

As of Monday morning, several schools in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and IL have been forced to close as a result of the snow.

"Expect the weather to roll in sometime this afternoon/early evening".



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