Midwest Winter Storm Hits on Friday, Over Weekend

Midwest Winter Storm Hits on Friday, Over Weekend

Midwest Winter Storm Hits on Friday, Over Weekend

Chicago could get around a foot of snow - 8 to 14 inches - by late Friday, plus 4 more inches through the weekend, forecasters said. State Police said about 50 vehicles were involved in the pileup in the highway's eastbound lanes just east of Kalamazoo. Since 1884, the city has had only nine days when 12 or more inches of snow fell. "Visibility will be reduced due to falling snow from Chicago to Detroit on Friday".

A few inches of snow is expected, but with heavy snow bands, local amounts can increase.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a Friday morning news conference that the city, its workers and residents are up to it.

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About 1,050 USA flights were canceled, with about one in five flights into or out of Chicago and Detroit airports called off, according to FlightAware.com, which tracks airline traffic. CPS officials said Friday morning they expected classes to resume Monday.

Freezing rain was responsible for numerous accidents, spinouts and crashes from Texas to Arkansas and into the Ohio Valley overnight as a potent winter storm moves into the Northeast on Wednesday.

City officials announced school closures in Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee because of the weather.

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Airlines were already canceling flights for Friday.

The winter storm blanketing Chicago has dumped almost 5 inches of snow in Chicago as of early Friday morning, but the latest forecasts are significantly better than yesterday. People should stay off the roads if possible, but if they drive they should expect delays and hazardous conditions, she said.

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Authorities across IL prepared some 300 pieces of snow-fighting equipment and thousands of tons of salt for almost 16,000 miles of highways and state roads. Numerous school districts in Nebraska and Iowa also canceled or delayed schools Friday because of the snow and frigid temperatures, according to the Associated Press.

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