Snow piles up in Midwest storm; traffic snarled

Winter storm in Midwest has turned deadly

Winter storm in Midwest has turned deadly

The winter storm blanketing Chicago has dumped almost 5 inches of snow in Chicago as of early Friday morning, but the latest forecasts are significantly better than yesterday.

On Thursday, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for portions of northern IL and northwest IN that remains IN effect until 6 p.m. Friday.

The Chicago Transit Authority said it anticipates normal service on Friday. The snow is expected to start falling late Thursday afternoon and evening, continuing through Friday as the storm moves east. After a possible break in snowfall Saturday afternoon/evening, yet a third accumulating snow could occur later Saturday night into Sunday.

Just days after Winter Storm Liam led to frigid conditions and thousands of flight delays and cancellations, another snowstorm is making its way across North America.

The Illinois Department of Transportation also has deployed about 370 plows in the Chicago area to clear local expressways.

The National Weather Service said heavy snow is forecast to move into upstate NY and New England by early Saturday, Reuters reported.

Heavy to moderate snowfall was expected to continue in the region and could drop up to another inch per hour until about 5 or 6 p.m.

The National Weather Service says Friday morning it's received reports of between 9 and 11 inches (23 to 28 centimeters) of snow over a 24-hour period in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Snow across southern and central MI ranged from 7in on the western side of the state to more than 2in in the Detroit area.

By early Friday, more than 100 flights were canceled at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan.

FlightAware.com, which tracks airline traffic, said about 1,050 US flights were canceled, with about one in five flights into or out of Chicago and Detroit airports called off, per Reuters.

More than 1,000 flights were canceled at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and more than 300 were canceled at Midway, the Chicago Department of Aviation reported Friday afternoon. Still, the city experienced dozens of auto crashes Thursday evening and early Friday.

Meteorologist Heather Orow, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, said the storm is "generally going to be an issue for travel".

Snow accumulation totals are expected from 1 to 3 inches in Nebraska, up to 8 inches in Iowa, and up to a foot in Illinois, Indiana and MI.

Chicago was forecast to receive as much as 14 inches of snow with Detroit expecting up to 9 inches. Schools across MI also cancelled classes.

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