Powerful winter storm slams Midwest, impacts millions of travelers

The storm was bringing winds from 30 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 45 to 50 miles mph. Snowfall totals were expected to be 6 to 12 inches across those areas

The National Weather Service downgraded the notice to a winter storm warning in Cook, DuPage and Will Counties.

A blizzard warning was in effect across northern IL until Monday morning, due to "life threatening travel conditions", according to a warning by the National Weather Service, as heavy snowfall and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour swept the region. As of Monday morning, almost 700 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport, while Midway International Airport reported about 70 flights had been canceled, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

Oravec said Kansas and Chicago were likely to see "high impact" blizzard conditions later today. The National Weather Service was warning those conditions would make travel hard in places.

By midday, the blizzard warning was extended to parts of eastern IL and Chicago, where snow is forecast to fall at a rate of about 2 inches per hour.

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.

On Monday, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer issued a state of emergency declaration for the state, according to multiple reports. That included semitrailer trucks jackknifed across the highway.

Heavy traffic is seen on an expressway near O'Hare International airport in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018.

The treacherous conditions forcing the governor of Kansas to declare a state of disaster emergency.

The cancellations come on the heels of more than 1,000 cancellations nationwide on Sunday because of the blizzard conditions in the Windy City.

Separately, a portion of Interstate 29 was shut down in Missouri, near the Iowa border. Snowfall totals were expected to be 15cm to 30cm across those areas. Chicago public schools were expected to open.

Roads in much of Nebraska and the southern half of Iowa remained covered in snow and ice early Monday after the storm had passed those states.

According to a tweet by the National Weather Service, parts of MI, the eastern shore of Lake Erie and ME could be covered by up to a foot or more of snow by Wednesday morning.

The region could see whiteouts and slick roads throughout Sunday, making travel hard if not impossible at times, Brink said.

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