More than 1200 flights canceled as snowstorm slams Midwest

Angelica Greene
February 10, 2018

Kieran Sheridan, chief operating officer for the Chicago Department of Aviation, said in a Friday press conference that the city's airports were "well-prepared".

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.

Thousands of children in the Midwest got a rare snow day off school Friday as a winter storm moved through the Great Lakes region, dumping almost a foot of the white powder in some places with more on the way. You might do well to call ahead before leaving for the terminal as the snow storm heads across MI, and more flights could be cancelled or delayed today.

United Airlines said on Twitter that waivers were in effect for snow-hit areas this week, allowing travelers to change flights without charges. A snowfall of 6-9 inches is expected as the storm will continue steadily throughout the day, officials said.

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Dozens of school districts - including the Milwaukee Public School District - were canceled in southern Wisconsin, the AP added.

Crashes were reported, including a multi-vehicle smashup that closed a stretch of eastbound Interstate 94 near Ann Arbor. CPS officials say they anticipate students being back in classrooms Monday.

Thousands of travelers are being delayed by the winter snowstorm at airports across the Midwest. With diminished snow/flurries and temperatures in the 20s Friday afternoon, melting will be minimal on untreated roads and streets, making driving still slow and hard in many areas. More than 200 flights were canceled at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan, by early Friday. After a possible break in snowfall Saturday afternoon/evening, yet a third accumulating snow could occur later Saturday night into Sunday.

"It's too early quite yet to call it over", Chicago weather service meteorologist Todd Kluber said. Classes were also cancelled in the city's suburbs.

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