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Great Lakes storm cancels more than 1000 flights in Chicago

Great Lakes storm cancels more than 1000 flights in Chicago Great Lakes storm cancels more than 1000 flights in Chicago
Lora Ball | 10 February, 2018, 22:23

The National Weather Service reports as of early Friday afternoon, 9 inches (23 centimeters) had fallen in Berrien County's Bridgman along Lake Michigan in the southwestern part of the state.

Winter storm warnings were issued by the National Weather Service for parts of northwest OH, southern Lower Michigan, northern IN, northern IL, southern Wisconsin and eastern Iowa, where show is expected to be the heaviest.

In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city was prepared for three more rounds of snow through the weekend after crews dealt with 6 to 7 inches overnight Thursday.

Detroit and Flint have recorded about five inches, and another few are expected as the storm stretches into Friday evening.

This year, she says, "We're finally getting back into it". Michigan State Police said about 50 vehicles were involved in the Friday afternoon pileup in the highway's eastbound lanes just east of Kalamazoo. Chicago Public Schools canceled classes Friday. But the threat of the largest snowstorm of the season prompted school districts in Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee to cancel classes Friday.

Chicago Public Schools and hundreds of other schools in the region all closed Friday because of the storm, and Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport announced that cancelation of hundreds of flights, per the Tribune.

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A section of Interstate 94 in southwestern MI was blocked after dozens of vehicles crashed.

The storm that started Thursday evening in Iowa and Nebraska also created treacherous driving conditions and forced the cancellation of more than 1,300 flights in Chicago and Detroit. Eight inches was reported in parts of northern IL and up to about 6 inches was reported the Chicago area. Since 1884, Chicago has had only nine days with 12-plus inches of snow.

Schools were closed in both cities and multiple auto crashes were reported on icy roads.

Almost 1,000 flights were delayed and another 1,500 canceled at Detroit and Chicago airports.

Schools in Detroit shut for the day along with Wayne State University in Detroit and other schools across MI. People should stay off the roads if possible and expect delays and hazardous conditions.

American, United, Delta and Southwest airlines warned travelers to expect more flight cancellations to and from Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

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