Scores of flights canceled as storm pummels US Midwest

Scores of flights canceled as storm pummels US Midwest

The forecast called for a tapering off of the initial storm Saturday morning, with another winter storm poised to arrive Saturday night, bringing 3 to 5 more inches of snow through Sunday.

In Michigan, more than 50 vehicles, including auto and semi-trailer trucks, were involved in a pileup on icy I-94 east of Kalamazoo, according to local media.

The National Weather Service Chicago warned on Twitter that more snow storms are developing across Northwestern Illinois, and will drift eastward across much of Northeastern Illinois and Northwestern Indiana on Friday afternoon.

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.

Ice and snow covered Chicago's expressways, where there were at least 25 crashes overnight, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Airlines also have cancelled hundreds of flights at O'Hare and Midway airports. Snow across southern and central MI ranged from 7 inches on the western side of the state to more than 2 inches in the Detroit area.

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.

Some outer suburbs of the Chicago metropolitan area had already reached or were near nine inches of snow Friday afternoon.

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

While it isn't too bad the most major delays seem to be flights to Ohio, Illinois especially flights to Chicago and to cities in MI like Kalamazoo, Lansing and Alpena.

The expectation of up to 12 inches around Chicago prompted officials to close the city's public schools to about 390,000 students on Friday.

Weather service meteorologist Charles Mott said the morning rush in Chicago "is gonna be trouble". Schools across Nebraska and Iowa also closed or delayed the start of classes.

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