Snowstorm batters parts of Midwest, 100s of flights canceled

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Chicago got several inches of snow overnight Sunday, except near Lake Michigan, where the warmer water prevented snow from sticking.

The National Weather Service ended blizzard warnings early on Monday in northeast Missouri through the Chicago metropolitan area and northeast into MI, but noted strong winds of up to 72kmh would continue to blow around drifts of the snow accumulated overnight.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory beginning at Midnight Sunday 1pm on Monday.

Strong winds and snow were expected to create blizzard conditions across much of Nebraska and parts of Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. Flight-tracking website FlightAware reports more than 1,200 flights headed to or from the US were canceled on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Of course, the biggest jam up hit the Midwest's largest airport - Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. The storm brought blizzard conditions to the Plains and Midwest on Sunday, complicating the busy travel day as Thanksgiving weekend came to a close.

As of Sunday morning, Flint has received 6.7 inches of snow this fall while Saginaw has received 8 inches.

Chicago Department of Aviation spokesman Lauren Huffman said that the city was able to open its parallel runways at O'Hare on Monday afternoon.

Travel became hard across Kansas and Missouri as a large winter storm, stretching as far east as MI, hit Kansas City on one of the biggest travel days of the year.

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The weather service said on Twitter Sunday night that Kansas City International Airport got 5.3 inches of snow, and at least 7 inches fell in Rockford, Illinois.

"The accumulation of the snow and ice coupled with the wind has been a lot for our crews to contend with", said Joe McBride, a spokesman for the Kansas City airport, told the New York Times.

The Nebraska State Patrol closed westbound I-80 between Lincoln and Omaha because of the crashes on Sunday morning, which included semitrailer trucks jackknifed across the highway.

The Storm system is now dumping snow on the Rocky Mountain region, spreading from the central Plains to Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, causing travel headaches there.

The storm is expected to hit IN and MI early Monday.

"Expect the weather to roll in sometime this afternoon/early evening". He said rain will give way to heavy snowfall and "near whiteout conditions" that would make for unsafe travel.

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