Sky Harbor flights canceled, delayed after wintry storm hits Midwest

Sky Harbor flights canceled, delayed after wintry storm hits Midwest

The National Weather Service warned residents to take care as the winter storm continues to batter states throughout Monday.

Conditions are expected to improve Monday as the storm system moves out, but downed tree limbs and power lines will continue to affect people throughout the day.

The National Weather Service ended blizzard warnings early on Monday in northeast Missouri through the Chicago metropolitan area and northeast into MI, but noted strong winds of up to 72kmh would continue to blow around drifts of the snow accumulated overnight. "We strongly recommend you postpone travel plans due to the conditions if possible".

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

Strong winds and snow created blizzard conditions across much of Nebraska and parts of Kansas, Iowa and Missouri.

A fast-moving winter storm was expected to blanket much of the central Midwest with snow on Sunday at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, grounding hundreds of flights and forcing the closure of part of a major highway on one of the busiest travel days of the year. "Kansas City received 5.8" of snow Sunday, breaking the record for the date that was set in 1895, according to the National Weather Service.

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And an approximately 60-mile stretch of Interstate 70 in Kansas has been closed, according to a tweet from the state's Department of Transportation, from WaKeeney to Russell. Streets were dark, and many were without power, he said.

Kansas City was forced to close its airport for four hours and in Chicago, more than 800 flights were cancelled Sunday.

The storm was bringing winds from 48kph to 56kph, with gusts of up to 72kph to 80kph.

Whiteout conditions brought low visibility to the small town of Chariton, Iowa, which is an hour south of Des Moines. American Airlines issued a statement on Sunday afternoon, warning that more delays and cancellations were likely this evening.

The storm is moving to the lower Great Lakes, making its way toward New England by Tuesday. Other schools throughout MI cancelled classes as the storm made its way toward the area. A major winter storm across Kansas, Missouri and IL has caused hundreds cancellations and delays.

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