Midwest snow storm cancels at least one flight from Fargo

26 November, 2018, 20:29 | Author: Mary Valdez
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Officials advise it's a "good idea to stay home today if possible, but call *55 to reach NSP if you need help on the roads".

Flight-tracking website, FlightAware showed the chaos caused to travelers as a winter storm blanketed much of the central Midwest with snow and resulted in a state of emergency being declared in Kansas.

Kansas City International Airport was closed to flights arriving on the airfield due to low visibility caused by weather conditions but reopened Sunday evening, according to its Twitter account.

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Almost every roadway in the state of Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri was either partially covered or fully covered by snow and blowing snow at 8 a.m. Sunday, making travel almost impossible across the region.

"Please take all necessary precautions, including altering travel plans to leave early or asking yourself if your trip can wait", said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn in a news release from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

With much of the central plains and Great Lakes region under blizzard or winter storms warnings, almost 500 flights headed to or from the US had been canceled as of 11 a.m. Sunday, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.

Chicago's biggest November storm on record dropped 12 inches on the city between Nov. 25 and Nov. 26 1895, according to the weather service.

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At least one of the crashes involved an injury, when a semitrailer truck struck another one that had jackknifed near Waverly. Downed tree limbs and power lines were expected to cause power outages throughout northern IL , the weather service said.

The storm was also bringing wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour throughout northern IL, leading to whiteout conditions on area highways.

"The National Weather Service said Kansas City International Airport received 5.3 inches, but totals ranged across the region", reports member station KCUR.

Airlines were forced to cancel or delay almost 6,000 flights on Sunday as a unsafe winter storm blanketed parts of the Midwest with heavy snow. That included semitrailer trucks jackknifed across the highway.

As much as a foot was expected in Chicago.

By Monday morning, many areas from the Plains to the Midwest will have seen 6 to 10 inches of snow, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

The Storm system is now dumping snow on the Rocky Mountain region, spreading from the central Plains to Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, causing travel headaches there.

The storm is expected to hit IN and MI early Monday.

He said snow fell heavier than expected in the afternoon and early evening.

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