Millions under blizzard warning as winter storm impacts holiday travel

Millions under blizzard warning as winter storm impacts holiday travel

Millions under blizzard warning as winter storm impacts holiday travel

The Monday morning commute here will be slow and treacherous - snow and winds persisting closer-in during the early-morning hours, and then gradually diminishing as the center of low pressure fades off to the east. Lake shore flooding will be likely right along and just inland of the IL and Indiana Lake Michigan shoreline.

"This is the stronger winter weather system the Kansas City area has seen in quite some time, National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Gitro told the Kansas City Star".

Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories were in effect from central Missouri into eastern MI.

Parts of Interstate 80 between Lincoln and Omaha in eastern Nebraska were closed at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, as a result of multiple accidents on the snow-covered road. This includes residents of Kansas and some in parts of Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. The storm also brought risky wind with gusts of up to 80 miles per hour in Colorado and gusts of up to 70 miles per hour in Kansas. Streets were dark, and many were without power, he said.

Almost 1,200 USA flights had been canceled by Sunday evening, with delays to 4,200 flights, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.

Most were supposed to be routed through Chicago or Kansas City - areas forecast to be hit hard by the storm. The state Department of Transportation reported several road closures Monday, mostly in the extreme northeast, but said a stretch of Interstate 70 that had been closed on Sunday was reopened.

Whiteout conditions brought low visibility to the small town of Chariton, Iowa, which is an hour south of Des Moines.

"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. Dozens of schools in MI are also closed in the Owosso Public Schools, Durand Area Schools, Waterbrook Christian Academy in Genesee Township, New Lothrop Public Schools, and North Huron Schools in Huron County areas, reports M-Live.

"The winter storm that has dropped over a foot of snow across the Mississippi Valley northward into the Upper Great Lakes will begin winding down later this morning [November 26]", the service said in a forecast.

By Monday, Brink said, the storm will have moved into the Northeast.

For travelers flying out of Chicago's two main airports, the winter storm put their plans on hold.

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