Chicago area gearing up for more rounds of snow

Chicago area gearing up for more rounds of snow

Chicago area gearing up for more rounds of snow

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Quad-City area beginning at 6 p.m. and continuing until 6 p.m., Saturday as a band of snow is expected to develop and spread into parts of eastern Iowa and far northwestern IL by late this afternoon.

About 1,600 United States flights were cancelled, with about a third of flights into or out of Chicago and Detroit airports called off, according to FlightAware.com, which tracks airline traffic.

Delays at O'Hare are averaging 35 minutes and less than 15 minutes at Midway. Detroit is a busy hub for Delta.

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Schools in metro Detroit are closed Friday and snow emergencies were declared in six southeastern MI counties. Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation Commissioner John Tully said 300 salt-spreading plows hit the streets late Thursday and would continue their work through the weekend.

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". "I ask everyone to keep exercising good judgment and remain indoors if at all possible, to take the warnings and advisories seriously, and to check on the well-being of family, friends and neighbors". Snow will fall at its heaviest at night with lighter accumulations expected through Friday morning.

A Divvy bicycle rider deposits his bike in a rental kiosk as a winter storm makes its way through several Midwest states February 9, 2018, in Chicago.

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The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch from Thursday evening to Friday evening, warning of hard travel conditions during the Friday morning commute.

Early this morning, the National Weather Service received reports of 4 inches of snow in northern IL, including near Chicago's Midway Airport. This would mean 5 to 7 inches of snow in areas near the Wisconsin-Illinois border, 3 to 5 inches in the Madison area and 1 to 3 inches near Wisconsin Dells.

Portions of northern IN were hit hard, with 8 inches reported IN New Carlisle.

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Schools and travel saw major impacts across the Midwest on Friday as Winter Storm Mateo dumped inches of snow across a large section of the nation's heartland.

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