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US Snowstorm hammers U.S. Midwest, hundreds of flights canceled

17:18  09 february  2018
17:18  09 february  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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A major winter storm swept across the U . S . Midwest on Friday, dumping nine inches (23 cm) of snow on Chicago and snarling hundreds of flights as it headed east to threaten New York and New England with heavy accumulations and dropping temperatures.

A commuter train pulls into the LaSalle Street station under a heavy snow fall early Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Chicago. The National Weather Service issued winter-weather warnings and advisories across the upper Midwest. The snow that began falling late Thursday afternoon was expected to continue through Friday as the storm moves east. © Charles rex Arbogast A commuter train pulls into the LaSalle Street station under a heavy snow fall early Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Chicago. The National Weather Service issued winter-weather warnings and advisories across the upper Midwest. The snow that began falling late Thursday afternoon was expected to continue through Friday as the storm moves east. A major winter storm pounding the U.S. Midwest on Friday forced cancellation of hundreds of flights as heavy snow and plummeting temperatures threatened to bring travel to a standstill across the region.

The storm system stretching from western Montana to southern Michigan could drop up to 14 inches (36 cm) of snow in some areas, the National Weather Service said. The heavy snow is forecast to move into upstate New York and New England by early Saturday.

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(Reuters) – Hundreds of flights into and out of Chicago’ s O’Hare and Midway airports were canceled on Sunday as a winter storm system dumped moderate to heavy snow on the Upper Midwest and Lower Great Lakes regions before heading toward the U . S . Northeast.

A winter storm dumped snow across the Upper Midwest and Lower Great Lakes regions, grounding hundreds of flights and leaving passengers stranded. A winter storm system forced the cancellation of more than a thousand flights in and out of Chicago' s airports on Sunday, and more

Chicago was anticipating 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm) of snow early on Friday with more expected over the weekend, according to the service's forecast.

Ice and snow covered Chicago's expressways, where there were at least 25 crashes overnight, the Chicago Tribune reported. Most state courthouses in Cook County, which encompasses Chicago, were closed for the day.

Andrew Busch, a political economist who lives in the Chicago area, marveled at his neighbors' famed winter hardiness.

"Foot of snow, 25F, and just saw commuter in short sleeves holding coat drinking ice coffee," he wrote on Twitter. "Yep, this is Chicago!"

City officials announced school closures in Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee because of the weather.

About 1,050 U.S. flights were canceled, with about one in five flights into or out of Chicago and Detroit airports called off, according to FlightAware.com, which tracks airline traffic.

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The snowstorm is expected to be among the most far-reaching of this season to date, stretching from Nebraska to Maine, according to the National Weather More than 1,500 flights from Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport, both outgoing and incoming, have

The season' s first snowstorm dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest and canceled hundreds of flights in the area. Snow before Thanksgiving is not uncommon in the Midwest , Terry said, but Saturday' s early snow levels are noteworthy: Southeastern South Dakota

United Airlines said on Twitter that waivers were in effect for snow-hit areas this week, allowing travelers to change flights without charges. Delta Air Lines offered to re-book flights on Friday for 18 Midwest cities.

Wind chill temperatures were expected to drop below 0 Fahrenheit (-18 C) in many areas across the region, and officials warned of limited visibility on roads. The central and northern Rockies also will see heavy snow, the weather service said.

Winter weather this week killed several people in accidents in the Midwest, including six in Iowa, two in Missouri and one in Montana, local media in those states reported. (Additional reporting by Ian Simpson in Washington and Jonathan Allen in New York; Editing by Peter Graff and Phil Berlowitz)

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