Thousands of flights were canceled or delayed and 14 million people were under a blizzard warning Sunday as a storm brought snow, wind and rain to large stretches of the Midwest on a major Thanksgiving holiday travel day.
From 6 p.m. Sunday until 9 a.m. Monday, heavy snow and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour are expected to move through Cook, DuPage, Grundy and Will counties, according to the National Weather Service.
A majority of those flights involved Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and Eastern seaboard cities that were affected by weather, he added.
Strong winds and snow created blizzard conditions across much of Nebraska and parts of Kansas, Iowa and Missouri.
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Roads were slick in northern in early Monday after about 2 inches (5 centimeters) of snow fell, and more was forecast through the afternoon.
"Snow will continue to taper off to flurries and then end this morning", the service's Chicago office said in a statement, warning drivers to take extra caution on slippery roads in low visibility.
Whiteout conditions closed Interstate 70 through most of Kansas nearly all-day Sunday. That included semitrailer trucks jackknifed across the highway. It was re-opened by Sunday afternoon.
"We strongly recommend that you postpone travel plans, if possible; however, if you must be on the road, make sure your vehicle's emergency kit is stocked, your gas tank is full and your cell phone and charger are with you and someone knows your travel plans", the declaration states.
Fort Hays State University student Brooks Barber captured the blizzard conditions in Hays, Kansas, on Sunday morning. Several state and USA highways were impassable in Nebraska, but traffic was moving on Interstate 29 in the southwestern corner of Iowa and Interstate 80 in the eastern part of the state, despite a blanket of snow.
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The weather service posted some snowfall totals on Twitter Sunday night.
The Chicago area was slammed with up to a foot (30 centimeters) of wet snow, and whiteout conditions stalled commuter traffic on the roads.
Roads in much of Nebraska and the southern half of Iowa remained covered in snow and ice early Monday after the storm had passed those states.
A strong early winter storm hit the Midwest Sunday into Monday, causing widespread flight cancellations and risky road conditions.
North of Chicago, the city of Evanston's police department said in a statement its power had been knocked out by the storm, although it was still able to receive 911 calls. He said rain will give way to heavy snowfall and "near whiteout conditions" that will make for risky travel. The blizzard warnings cover the north-eastern quarter of Kansas and part of Nebraska, as well as Iowa, Missouri and almost half of IL.
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