Blizzard Strands US Holiday Travellers, Over 1,240 Flights Canceled

Blizzard Strands US Holiday Travellers, Over 1,240 Flights Canceled

Heavy snow of between 5-8 inches is expected. As of 6 p.m., seven inches of snow had fallen in north suburban Rockford, breaking the record for the heaviest snowfall in Rockford in November.

At the height of the storm, 2 inches of snow an hour is possible, according to the weather service.

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. But once we get to Sunday, it will be parts of the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes that get blanketed by up to a foot of snow.

To the west, parts of the Plains States were reporting 100 percent snow-and-ice-covered roads before noon today.

As of Sunday morning, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, a major travel hub, had reported 189 flight cancellations and Midway International Airport had reported an additional 19 canceled flights, according to WGN.

Passengers traveling home from their holiday weekend trips were grounded in Chicago, Illinois Sunday as a blizzard-like storm came for the Midwest and resulted in more than 800 flights being canceled.

As of 7 p.m.

The fast-moving storm is expected to clear Kansas by Sunday afternoon.

Snowfall totals are expected to range from just traces along the Highway 20 corridor to a foot or more across East Central Iowa and Northwest Illinois.

Other crashes were reported across the county on police scanners. American Airlines said it canceled 200 flights - including its regional partners - or about three percent of the airline's global operation.

As well as parts of Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri braced for strong winds and snow creating blizzard conditions.

Mesoscale Discussion 1662 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0357 PM CST Sun Nov 25 2018 Areas affected.Northeast Missouri.far southeast Iowa.portions of western Illinois Concerning.Blizzard Valid 252157Z - 260200Z SUMMARY.Rain/wintry mixed precipitation across the area is expected to transition to snow with eastward progression of the surface low. Additionally, wind gusts are expected to hit 50 miles per hour.

Meteorologists expect the system to move out of the area by late Sunday evening. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely risky.

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