Storm barrels through US Midwest with snow and frigid temperatures

Scores of flights cancelled as storm pummels US Midwest

Scores of flights cancelled as storm pummels US Midwest

Some outer suburbs of the Chicago metropolitan area had already reached or were near nine inches of snow Friday afternoon.

Motorists struggle to navigate through the snow and slush in Chicago.

Winter weather across the United States this week killed several people in accidents in the Midwest, including six in Iowa, two in Missouri and one in Montana, local media in those states reported.

Counties in IL that will be affected by the Winter Storm Watch are Lake, DuPage, Cook, Will, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Ogle, Lee, DeKalb, Kane, LaSalle, Kendall as well as Grundy county, along with Lake and Porter counties in Indiana.

Friday's winter snow storm caused more than 400 flights to be canceled or delayed.

The weather service also reported 11 inches of snow near South Bend, Indiana.

While it isn't too bad the most major delays seem to be flights to Ohio, Illinois especially flights to Chicago and to cities in MI like Kalamazoo, Lansing and Alpena.

Almost 1,000 flights were delayed and another 1,500 canceled at Detroit and Chicago airports.

"Periods of heavy snow will arrive into Friday across the southern Great Lakes", said meteorologist Jonathan Belles.

AAA Michigan recommended that drivers stay off the road if possible.

Michigan State Police also tallied 16 semis among 38 vehicles involved in a chain-reaction crash amid heavy snowfall on Interstate 94 near Kalamazoo.

The expectation of up to 12 inches around Chicago prompted officials to close the city's public schools to about 390,000 students on Friday.

Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation Commissioner John Tully said 300 salt-spreading plows hit the streets late Thursday and would continue their work through the weekend. Schools across MI cancelled classes.

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