Snowstorm batters parts of Midwest, 100s of flights canceled

KQ2 Forecast: Blizzard Warning in effect for entire KQ2 Viewing Area

Winter Storm Bruce brought snow and heavy winds to the Midwest and Great Lakes before heading into northern New England early in the week.

Blizzard warnings were in effect early on Monday in northeast Missouri through metro Chicago and northeast into MI as the storm brought winds up to 45 miles per hour (72 kph) and more than 12 inches (15 cm) of snow to the region, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

The cancellations come on the heels of more than 1,000 cancellations nationwide on Sunday because of the blizzard conditions in the Windy City. "We strongly recommend you postpone travel plans due to the conditions if possible".

Whiteout conditions closed Interstate 70 through most of Kansas nearly all-day Sunday. The National Weather Service was warning those conditions would make travel hard in places.

Heavy snow was expected to continue through the early hours of Monday with up to a foot (30 centimeters) of snow expected in Chicago, including wind gusts of up to 50 mph (80 kph) likely to cause whiteout conditions, according to The National Weather Service.

A Blizzard Warning remained in effect early Monday from northeast Missouri into southeast Wisconsin and northeast IL, including the Chicago area.

Other parts of central plains and Great Lakes region were under a winter storm warning, that could see a foot or more of snow dumped in some places.

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

Kluber said the storm was expected to hit the Chicago region sometime Sunday evening.

Unsettled weather has forced the cancelation of hundreds of flights across the Midwest in one of the busiest travel periods of the year, with tens of thousands of people reporting power outages. He said rain will give way to heavy snowfall and "near whiteout conditions" that will make for risky travel. Sustained winds of between 30 and 45 miles per hour are anticipated in some areas, with the possibility of 65 miles per hour gusts. The Kansas Department of Transportation tweeted late Sunday that Interstate 70 had reopened statewide but that there could be morning delays, with ice and wind blowing snow over just cleared highways. Most were at Chicago's O'Hare International and Midway airports and Kansas City.

By Monday, Brink said, the storm will have moved into the Northeast.

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