Midwest snow storm cancels at least one flight from Fargo

Midwest snow storm cancels at least one flight from Fargo

Midwest snow storm cancels at least one flight from Fargo

"It's going to be messy", said Todd Kluber, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service who is based in suburban Chicago.

The Monday morning commute here will be slow and treacherous - snow and winds persisting closer-in during the early-morning hours, and then gradually diminishing as the center of low pressure fades off to the east. Lake shore flooding will be likely right along and just inland of the IL and Indiana Lake Michigan shoreline. The action came as a large stretch of Interstate 70, spanning much of the state, was closed between Junction City and WaKeeney.

However, heavy snow will still continue through the early hours of Monday morning-with blizzard warnings still in effect through 6am local time from northeast Missouri northward into southeast Wisconsin/northeast IL, including the greater Chicago area. "We strongly recommend you postpone travel plans due to the conditions if possible".

Jeff Colyer issued a state of emergency declaration for the state and officials said road conditions were "treacherous" in some areas.

Roads in much of Nebraska and the southern half of Iowa remained covered in snow and ice early Monday, even after the storm had passed those states. The National Weather Service was warning those conditions would make travel hard in places.

According to FlightAware.com, more than 3,000 flights in the U.S. have been canceled due to the wintry weather conditions over the past couple of days, and more than 10 million people are now under a blizzard warning.

As of 7:30 p.m., 740 flights had been canceled at O'Hare International Airport, while 399 others were facing delays, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

Whiteout conditions brought low visibility to the small town of Chariton, Iowa, which is an hour south of Des Moines.

Forecasts say snowfall totals of 6 to 10 inches are possible across the Midwest.

North of Chicago, the city of Evanston's police department said in a statement its power had been knocked out by the storm, although it was still able to receive 911 calls. More than 150 flights due to depart from Chicago's O'Hare Airport were cancelled early Monday, according to the site. The storm also brought risky wind with gusts of up to 80 miles per hour in Colorado and gusts of up to 70 miles per hour in Kansas.

The major metropolitan areas in the Northeast will see wind and rain Monday into Tuesday.

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