Millions under blizzard warning as winter storm impacts holiday travel

Arturo Kim
November 27, 2018

Snow could fall as fast as two inches per hour and cause periodic life-threatening blizzard conditions, the weather service said.

Part of Interstate 80 in Nebraska was closed Sunday morning after multiple accidents in the snowy conditions.

A Blizzard Warning remained in effect early Monday from northeast Missouri into southeast Wisconsin and northeast IL, including the Chicago area. Other schools throughout MI cancelled classes as the storm made its way toward the area.

Jeff Colyer declared a state of emergency.

According to ACCU Weather, there have been reports of more than 84,000 power outages across the northern half of Chicago as of midnight on Monday.

The National Weather Service said 7.5 inches of snow fell at O'Hare and 4.9 inches fell at Midway International Airport in Chicago.

This has reportedly led to at least 655 canceled flights as of Sunday afternoon, with more possible.

A powerful winter storm is expected to bring heavy snow, wind and rain to a large swath of the country and impact travelers in the final stretch of the holiday weekend.

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"It's going to be messy", said Todd Kluber, a National Weather Service meteorologist, hinting that the area could see even more blizzard-like conditions.

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.

The storm is moving to the lower Great Lakes, making its way toward New England by Tuesday.

"As the upper level low and surface low slide eastward, snow and rain will taper off while increasing across the Lower Great Lakes and Ohio Valley".

Blizzard warnings were in effect early on Monday in northeast Missouri through metro Chicago and northeast into MI as the storm brought winds up to 45 miles per hour (72 kph) and more than 12 inches (15 cm) of snow to the region, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

Hazardous road conditions also shut down parts I-80 in Nebraska as the fast-moving storm created whiteout conditions that made it almost impossible for drivers to see.

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