US Snowstorm hammers U.S. Midwest, hundreds of flights canceled

17:18  09 february  2018
17:18  09 february  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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Hundreds of flights canceled and chaos on the roads as 'thundersnow' storm dumps up to 17 inches of snow on the Midwest and now it' s heading to the East Coast. Warning: A Winter Weather Alert is in place as the snowstorm moves northwest on Friday morning.

Many airlines are canceling flights due to a major winter storm in the midwest . Hundreds of flights have been cancelled which is sure to cause a travel headache for thousands of people. Travel is expected to be disrupted Thursday and Friday.

A commuter train pulls into the LaSalle Street station under a heavy snow fall early Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Chicago. The National Weather Service issued winter-weather warnings and advisories across the upper Midwest. The snow that began falling late Thursday afternoon was expected to continue through Friday as the storm moves east. © Charles rex Arbogast A commuter train pulls into the LaSalle Street station under a heavy snow fall early Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Chicago. The National Weather Service issued winter-weather warnings and advisories across the upper Midwest. The snow that began falling late Thursday afternoon was expected to continue through Friday as the storm moves east. A major winter storm pounding the U.S. Midwest on Friday forced cancellation of hundreds of flights as heavy snow and plummeting temperatures threatened to bring travel to a standstill across the region.

The storm system stretching from western Montana to southern Michigan could drop up to 14 inches (36 cm) of snow in some areas, the National Weather Service said. The heavy snow is forecast to move into upstate New York and New England by early Saturday.

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A majority of the flights into and out of Chicago were canceled on Sunday, as the Midwest and New England prepare for more snow . The snowstorm is expected to be among the most far-reaching of this season to date, stretching from Nebraska to Maine, according to the National Weather Service.

CHICAGO — People fired up snowblowers and hauled out shovels Saturday after the first significant snowstorm of the season dumped as much as 20 inches of snow in parts of the Upper Midwest , blanketing a The storm made travel hazardous and caused more than 500 flight cancellations .

Chicago was anticipating 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm) of snow early on Friday with more expected over the weekend, according to the service's forecast.

Ice and snow covered Chicago's expressways, where there were at least 25 crashes overnight, the Chicago Tribune reported. Most state courthouses in Cook County, which encompasses Chicago, were closed for the day.

Andrew Busch, a political economist who lives in the Chicago area, marveled at his neighbors' famed winter hardiness.

"Foot of snow, 25F, and just saw commuter in short sleeves holding coat drinking ice coffee," he wrote on Twitter. "Yep, this is Chicago!"

City officials announced school closures in Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee because of the weather.

About 1,050 U.S. flights were canceled, with about one in five flights into or out of Chicago and Detroit airports called off, according to FlightAware.com, which tracks airline traffic.

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(Reuters) – Hundreds of flights into and out of Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports were canceled on Sunday as a winter storm system dumped moderate to heavy snow on the Upper Midwest and Lower Great Lakes regions before heading toward the U . S . Northeast.

Hundreds of flights into and out of Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports were canceled on Sunday as a winter storm system dumped moderate to heavy snow on the Upper Midwest and Lower Great Lakes regions before heading toward the U . S . Northeast.

United Airlines said on Twitter that waivers were in effect for snow-hit areas this week, allowing travelers to change flights without charges. Delta Air Lines offered to re-book flights on Friday for 18 Midwest cities.

Wind chill temperatures were expected to drop below 0 Fahrenheit (-18 C) in many areas across the region, and officials warned of limited visibility on roads. The central and northern Rockies also will see heavy snow, the weather service said.

Winter weather 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. (Additional reporting by Ian Simpson in Washington and Jonathan Allen in New York; Editing by Peter Graff and Phil Berlowitz)

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