Midwest Snowstorm Mangles Travel Plans At End Of Holiday Weekend

26 November, 2018, 13:14 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • A plow removes snow at an entrance of the Kansas Turnpike near Lawrence Kan. Sunday Nov. 25 2018. The turnpike section of I-70 remains open. I-70 is closed west of Junction City Kan. The area is under a blizzard warning

A winter storm is expected to move through the Chicago area Sunday, potentially causing white-out conditions and dumping a half-foot of snow as millions of travelers head home at the end of the holiday weekend.

Interstate 29 in northwest Missouri was closed from St. Joseph to the Iowa state line because of whiteout conditions, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation and Missouri Highway Patrol.

Southwest Airlines and American Airlines canceled all their flights from Kansas City International Airport in Missouri on Sunday afternoon because of the weather, according to KCTV.

As of 10 p.m., 749 flights had been canceled at O'Hare International Airport, while 421 others were facing delays, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

The National Weather Service issued blizzard and winter storm warnings Sunday for a large swath of the central Plains and Great Lakes region. The heavy snow and strong winds across the Midwest are expected to cause whiteout conditions, which can affect visibility, causing risky travel.

By midday, the blizzard warning had extended to parts of eastern IL near Chicago, where snow is forecast to fall at a rate of about 2 inches per hour.

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Between 4 to 6 inches of snow is possible in the Kansas City area.

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer declared a state of emergency. Heavier amounts will be to the Southeast of Lincoln with the Omaha area getting less snow. That included semitrailer trucks jackknifed across the highway.

The extended metro Detroit area is expected to be hit with several inches of snow, with a Winter Weather Advisory going into effect later Sunday night.

The storm will continue into northwest Missouri, northern IL and southeast Wisconsin before heading into New England, bringing unsafe blizzard conditions in its path, the NWS says. The University of Missouri-Kansas City has canceled classes Monday due to Sunday's storm. Flooding is possible on Lake Shore Drive, with wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour on the immediate shoreline and possible waves of 12 to 18 feet.

Major cities including Kansas City, Mo., and Chicago are expecting heavy snow on Sunday. At Kansas City International Airport, almost 200 flights were canceled. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely risky.

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