A winter storm blanketed a lot of the central Midwest with snow on Sunday on the finish of the Thanksgiving weekend, bringing blizzard-like circumstances that grounded a whole lot of flights and compelled the closure of main highways on one of many busiest journey days of the yr.
“It’s going to be messy,” stated Todd Kluber, a meteorologist for the Nationwide Climate Service who is predicated in suburban Chicago.
With a lot of the central Plains and Nice Lakes area below blizzard or winter storm warnings, round 1,200 flights headed to or from the U.S. had been canceled as of 6 p.m. Sunday, in response to the flight-tracking web site FlightAware.
Most have been presupposed to be routed by way of Chicago or Kansas Metropolis — areas forecast to be hit onerous by the storm.
Robust winds and snow created blizzard circumstances throughout a lot of Nebraska and elements of Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. The Nationwide Climate Service was warning these circumstances would make journey troublesome in locations.
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By noon, the blizzard warning was prolonged to elements of japanese Illinois close to Chicago, the place snow is forecast to fall at a charge of about two inches per hour.
Different elements of the central Plains and Nice Lakes area have been below a winter storm warning that might see a foot or extra of snow dumped in some locations by the tip of the day.
In japanese Nebraska, a part of Interstate 80 between Lincoln and Omaha was closed Sunday morning due to a number of accidents after snow blanketed that space. That included semitrailer vehicles jackknifed throughout the freeway. It was re-opened by Sunday afternoon.
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In Kansas, Gov. Jeff Colyer issued a state of emergency declaration. The motion got here as a big stretch of Interstate 70, spanning a lot of the state, was closed between Junction Metropolis and WaKeeney.
Individually, a portion of Interstate 29 was shut down in Missouri, close to the Iowa border.
As a lot as a foot was anticipated in Chicago. Between 4 to 6 inches of snow was anticipated within the Kansas Metropolis space. Forecasters predict greater than a foot of snow is probably going in southeast Nebraska, northeast Kansas, northwest Missouri and southwest Iowa.
By Monday morning, the storm was anticipated to hit elements of northern Indiana and southern Michigan.
Kluber stated the storm was anticipated to hit the Chicago area someday Sunday night. He stated rain will give approach to heavy snowfall and “close to whiteout circumstances” that can make for harmful journey.