Scores of flights canceled as storm pummels US Midwest


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. "Visibility will be reduced due to falling snow from Chicago to Detroit on Friday".

According to the news outlet, any county under the Winter Storm Watch could see between 5 to 10 inches of snow between Thursday and Friday night - plus any extra accumulation over the weekend as the snow fluctuates with the system moving in the area.

The National Weather Service issued winter-weather warnings and advisories across the upper Midwest.

The weather service also reported 11 inches of snow near South Bend, Indiana.

Hank Stawasz was out shoveling his driveway by hand, clearing a path for the retiree to exit his home in the Detroit suburb of Livonia. Flight cancelations built up quickly, especially at Chicago's O'Hare, one of the nation's busiest airports.

Several of the states expecting the heaviest snowfall are now issuing storm warnings, including in Ohio, Michigan, Northern Indiana, Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin, and Eastern Iowa, and thousands of flights have been canceled.

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Chicago's O'Hare and Midway worldwide airports canceled more than 200 flights on Thursday before the storm hit, and several airlines were also anticipating delays or cancellations.

"Periods of heavy snow will arrive into Friday across the southern Great Lakes", said meteorologist Jonathan Belles.

Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation Commissioner John Tully said 300 salt-spreading plows hit the streets late Thursday and would continue their work through the weekend.

A winter storm brought heavy snowfall to parts of the US Midwest on Friday, causing 1,500 flight cancelations, snarling roads and closing schools.

Schools in Chicago and MI announced cancellations ahead of Winter Storm Mateo.