Winter storm disturbs travel as it rolls toward US Midwest, Northeast

Winter storm threatens 115 million people with snow and ice in the US

Snow and wind caused the cancellation of more than 650 flights at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Saturday and resulted in an average delay of 50 minutes, the airport said.

In the Midwest, where it dumped 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow in parts, the storm caused a plane to skid on a slick runway at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Saturday, though no injuries were reported. The average delay for flights out of O'Hare was almost an hour on Saturday afternoon.

None of the 150 passengers and six crew members was injured, the airline said. Windler was thrown from the vehicle which landed on top of him.

The storm, which complicated travel and busted plans for the three-day weekend across much of the country, caused problems from Kansas, where the governor declared an emergency, to New England, where forecasters predicted up to two feet of snow and warned of avalanches.

Mountain regions saw significantly more, with the Adirondacks in upstate NY registering up to 20 inches while western Massachusetts' Berkshires saw as much as 10 and parts of northern New England were on track to see up to two feet of snow.

A 15-vehicle crash blocked a section of Interstate 55 in southeastern Missouri near Ste. Motorists were urged to find an alternate route.

Amtrak canceled trains across the Midwest and Northeast over the weekend, but said full service would resume Monday.

In Nebraska, authorities closed Omaha's Eppley Airfield on Friday afternoon after a Southwest Airlines plane slid off an ice-slicked runway.

The snowfall is part of a wall of hazardous weather that trekked from the Dakotas and across the Great Lakes states, headed toward New England.

The system was expected to also bring freezing rain, wind gusts of 35 miles (56 km) per hour and quickly dropping temperatures that will to dip into the teens and even below zero Fahrenheit in several areas, the service said. Some northern areas of New England could see up to 18 inches of snow.

Some Midwesterns didn't let it keep the indoors.

In downtown Detroit, Celeste Tremmel was out training for a marathon amid heavy and steady snowfall.

Running in snow is "like running in sand, so you go a lot slower and it's a lot more work", she said. "I'm really exhausted ... but 40 degrees, wind and hail is worse".

Parts of upstate NY also saw 11 inches of snow fall over night, the Weather Channel say.

Winter storm watches are already posted for upstate and inland New England.

Almost 200 athletes from around NY state were expected to compete in snowshoeing, snowboarding, cross country, and Nordic and Alpine skiing at West Mountain, just outside Glens Falls.

In New York City, the worst of the storm was expected from Saturday afternoon through this afternoon, with snow accumulations of 3-6 inches, followed by rain that could turn to ice as temperatures drop later today.

Meteorologists warned the primary concern heading into Monday is plunging temperatures that will be some of the coldest felt so far this season.

As of Sunday at noon, utilities in CT were reporting more than 19,000 customers without power and more outages were expected in the region as ice accumulated on trees and power lines.

As the storm system continues to move east, the frigid Arctic air behind it is expected to envelop many parts of the Midwest where snow has recently fallen.



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