Hundreds of flights canceled as Midwest braces for snowstorm

Few drivers were out Sunday as snow and high winds moved through Kansas City. The forecast called for winds up to 55 mph and up to 6 inches of snow

Governor Jeff Colyer is declaring a State of Disaster Emergency in response to Sunday's winter storm.

Airline passengers faced delays and cancellations across the Midwest on Sunday, one of the busiest travel days of the year as throngs of holiday travelers make their way home from Thanksgiving. See the photos below.

The village of Huntley warned residents Sunday morning to limit travel; give snowplows and salt trucks room to work before, during and after the storm; and obey the village parking ordinance.

Snow might fall as fast as two inches per hour and cause periodic life-threatening blizzard conditions, according to the weather service. There's a possibility for church closings Sunday morning, but the storm isn't expected to impact school Monday. "We're asking drivers to help us in keeping them safe by remembering to slow down during severe weather and be prepared for reduced visibility and changing pavement conditions".

Most of Sunday evening's flights and some on Monday out of O'Hare to Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International have already been grounded, and that means flights out of Kalamazoo will also be cancelled.

CBS Chicago reports more than 400 flights have been canceled at O'Hare International Airport.




A snow emergency was declared in the City of Kenosha beginning at 10 p.m., with parking prohibited on all city streets. Wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour and whiteout conditions were in the forecast.

Strong winds and snow were expected to create blizzard conditions across much of Nebraska and parts of Kansas, Iowa and Missouri.

Kern said the wind would largely die down about nightfall, and then the temperature would plummet. Hazardous traveling conditions extend from Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and Northwest Indiana. Right now, the biggest storm on record dropped 12 inches on the city between November 25 and November 26 1895, according to the weather service. North of that, the totals will be much lower with a very sharp cutoff between who sees piles of snow, and who might barely see anything.

The National Weather Service said snow of 6 to 12 inches was possible in parts of Iowa into IL.

Snow is expected to begin overspreading the region around 1 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. Monday.

Several churches canceled services or advised members to use their own judgment before venturing out. As of 9 p.m. Sunday, snow has increased in intensity and shifted a little farther east and south of Chicago. "It's going to freeze".

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