Chicago in the bullseye as heavy winter storms pummel Midwest, Great Lakes

Chicago in the bullseye as heavy winter storms pummel Midwest, Great Lakes

Chicago in the bullseye as heavy winter storms pummel Midwest, Great Lakes

Several of the states expecting the heaviest snowfall are now issuing storm warnings, including in Ohio, Michigan, Northern Indiana, Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin, and Eastern Iowa, and thousands of flights have been canceled.

A significant storm is expected to descend on Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee Thursday evening and Friday, with heavy snow and freezing temperatures expected to slow travel for millions of commuters.

The widespread snowfall has sparked warnings and watches across the area, from 3 a.m. Friday to midnight Friday. More than 800 Friday flights were canceled to and from the two cities.

By Saturday morning, the storm system will begin to weaken but will bring light rain and snow to parts of the Northeast and New England from Buffalo, New York, to Burlington, Vermont, and into Maine.

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According to, The heaviest snow is now expected to fall over northern IL and southern Wisconsin - about 5 to 7 inches of snow with locally heavier amounts is now expected from Madison southward into northern IL.

All Jackson County schools are closed Friday and many public services are shut down as well.

The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation deployed more than 300 plows overnight to clear the city's main roads and Lake Shore Drive for the morning rush, only occasionally hitting some side streets.

Airlines also have cancelled hundreds of flights at O'Hare and Midway airports.

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Airlines had warned travelers earlier in the week to expect flight cancelations to and from Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

The winter storm also caused issues in Montana. About 50 miles could be the difference between a foot of snow and very little to nothing, the weather service said.

Michigan State Police are urging people to avoid unnecessary travel during the storm. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.&&$$.

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