Storm strands U.S. holiday travelers, more than 1240 flights cancelled

Storm strands U.S. holiday travelers, more than 1240 flights cancelled

Storm strands U.S. holiday travelers, more than 1240 flights cancelled

A wintry storm is battering much of the Midwest early on Monday, bringing blizzard-like conditions that have grounded hundreds of flights and closed major highways at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend.

As much as a foot was expected in Chicago.

As of 10:15 a.m., 809 flights were cancelled at O'Hare in the past 24 hours, with delays averaging about an hour, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

"It's all part of the Thanksgiving travel experience", McCoy said.

A screen displays flight status information at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago late Sunday, with several cancellations noted.

"We're not really dressed for the weather now", said Kernez, of Duluth, Minnesota.

Along the shore of Lake Michigan in both Chicago and in, the National Weather Service warned of flooding on Monday and said that waves could reach between 12 to 16 feet along the Cook County shore and 14 to 18 feet along the in shore. Police responded to dozens of crashes Monday morning in the Lansing area and in nearby Ionia County, officials encouraged people to stay off "treacherous" roads after a 48-year-old woman died when she lost control of her auto on icy M-66 on Monday morning.

Part of Interstate 80 in Nebraska was closed Sunday morning after multiple accidents in the snowy conditions.

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"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".

As of Monday morning, several schools in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and IL have been forced to close as a result of the snow.

Illinois State police and LaSalle County emergency management said crews were removing people from their cars by snowmobile and urged people to stay off the roads into Monday, WBBM-TV reported.

It's going to be a sloppy drive and unsafe at times this morning and most of the day due to blowing snow even when the moisture begins to cut off. Temps in the mid 30s falling to the low 30s with winds NNW 10-20 miles per hour gusting to 30 miles per hour at times.

Many were supposed to be routed through Chicago or Kansas City - areas forecast to be hit hard by the storm.

Roads were slick in northern in early Monday after about 2 inches (5 centimeters) of snow fell, and more was forecast through the afternoon.

Areas north of M-59 are under a Winter Storm Warning until 3 p.m. for 5-8 inches of snow and blowing snow most of the day. Separately, a portion of Interstate 29 was shut down due to heavy snow in Missouri, near the Iowa border.

The travel disruptions extended into Monday as well, with about 480 USA flights canceled and almost 200 delayed as of Monday morning.

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