Blizzard conditions making holiday travel home hard

Blizzard conditions making holiday travel home hard

Blizzard conditions making holiday travel home hard

Kansas City, Mo., was under a blizzard warning due to an expected 4 to 9 inches of snow and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour, ABC News reported.

Lakeshore flooding was expected to coincide with the storm, which could create waves as high as 16 feet in Cook County, the weather service said.

In eastern Nebraska, part of Interstate 80 between Lincoln and Omaha was closed Sunday morning because of multiple accidents after snow blanketed that area.

In Kansas, the storm and resulting slide-offs and crashes forced I-70 to close west of Topeka for much of the day. Our map indicates the most likely scenario of snow totals based on its current trajectory.

By Sunday afternoon, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer declared a state of emergency.

We have seen snow and cold already this winter but forecasters say the first serious snow storm is just about to hit the region towards the end of what is the busiest travel day of the year. That included semitrailer trucks jackknifed across the highway.

Chicago's O'Hare airport, a hub for the entire Midwest, saw mass cancellations - 801 arriving and departing flights were canceled on Sunday, with more than 300 others delayed.

"The National Weather Service said Kansas City International Airport received 5.3 inches, but totals ranged across the region", reports member station KCUR.

Kearney resident Amy Scott told the Kansas City Star her brother-in-law, his wife and their son were hoping to make it as far as Salina, Kan., on Sunday evening. Winds will ramp up, temperatures will drop, and school delays/cancellations are likely along with scattered power outages.

In neighboring Missouri, Interstate 29 is closed near the Iowa border.

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

Travel is expected to be especially hard along I-80 from Lincoln west during the storm with very strong winds causing blowing and drifting with whiteout conditions likely.

Snow could fall as quickly as two inches per hour and cause periodic life-threatening blizzard conditions through 4 a.m., with the heaviest snowfall expected in the northwest suburbs. American Airlines said it canceled 200 flights - including its regional partners - or about three percent of the airline's global operation.

By Monday morning, the storm was expected to hit parts of northern IN and southern MI.

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