Snowstorm batters parts of Midwest, 100s of flights canceled

Saul Bowman
November 27, 2018

A significant winter storm on Sunday brought blizzard conditions to Russell County and many parts of Kansas.

A board shows cancelled flights due to a snow storm at the Newark Liberty International Airport on November 15, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. "We are asking that you do your part, by driving at a safe speed, don't drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, keep your distractions down and wear your seatbelts", the ISP said in the statement.

The window for safe travel in Chicago could extend into the early to mid-afternoon Sunday, especially in the southwest suburbs, according to the weather service's latest forecast.

Similar conditions saw parts of I-80 closed in Nebraska, as a storm reduced visibility to near-zero.

"This is the stronger winter weather system the Kansas City area has seen in quite some time, National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Gitro told the Kansas City Star".

Governor Jeff Colyer issued the warning as a large stretch of Interstate 70, spanning much of the state, was closed between Junction City and WaKeeney. Some areas could receive as much as a foot of snow within the next 24 to 36 hours.

Visibility will be low in some areas with heavy snow squalls blown around by winds gusting 25 to 30 miles per hour.


The Kansas Department of Transportation is responding to multiple road closures due to low visibility.

At Kansas City International Airport, almost 200 flights were cancelled. It also warned that downed tree limbs and power lines will continue to cause power outages.

Areas under the warning could see 6 to 8 inches of snow while areas under the advisory could see 3 to 7 inches of snow.

A blizzard warning has come to an end for southeastern Wisconsin where a glancing blow from a central Midwestern storm dumped about nine inches of snow in some areas.

The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District responded to two single-vehicle crashes Sunday afternoon, one at McConnell and Sanctuary roads and the other on Greenwood Road.

The bulk of the snow is expected to fall Sunday evening, which could also potentially affect the Monday morning commute. They say the unsafe conditions have made it impossible for road crews to be out.

According to FlightAware.com, more than 3,000 flights in the U.S. have been canceled due to the wintry weather conditions over the past couple of days, and more than 10 million people are now under a blizzard warning.

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