Snow blankets Chicago as winter storm sweeps US Midwest

Snow blankets Chicago as winter storm sweeps US Midwest

We'll likely have some additional advisories or possibly warnings issued which will help pinpoint even further where the most hard travel conditions will be.

Later Thursday afternoon, snow is expected to spread from the west with an extended period of snowfall to continue Thursday night as well as Friday morning, gradually ending from the west Friday afternoon/evening according to the news outlet.

It could drop up to 14 inches (36 cm) of snow in some areas, the National Weather Service said.

By dawn Friday, heavy snow is expected to be falling in metro Detroit, with a couple inches on the ground during the morning rush hour.

About 550 flights were cancelled at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and about 230 flights were cancelled at Midway, the Chicago Department of Aviation reported Friday morning.

United Airlines said on Twitter that travel waivers were in effect for snow-hit areas this week, and Delta Air Lines offered to rebook flights on Friday for 18 Midwest cities. More than 100 flights were cancelled at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan, by early Friday. Chicago was forecast to receive between 6 and 12 inches.

They say some areas along the southern border could see up to a foot of fresh snow before it ends later today.

Heavy snow is also on the way for Detroit area, which will make Friday morning commute very hard. Snowfall should taper by Friday evening.

About 280 heavy snow equipment operators were working on the airfields at Midway and O'Hare, said Sheridan, who warned travelers to give themselves extra time when heading to the airport.

The worst of the storm is expected to follow the Indiana Toll Road across the Hoosier state.

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