Blizzard conditions blast US Midwest

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A winter storm blanketed much of the central Midwest with snow on Sunday at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, bringing blizzard-like conditions that grounded hundreds of flights and forced the closure of major highways on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

As much as a foot was expected in Chicago.

Bridget Fortner, who was trying to get to Newark, New Jersey with her family had to connect through Chicago and had their original flight canceled.

"It's all part of the Thanksgiving travel experience", McCoy said. At Kansas City International Airport, nearly 200 flights were canceled. Bob Kernez, 61, said he and his wife were contemplating getting a hotel room in the city but were unsure if they wanted to leave the airport.

Along the shore of Lake Michigan in both Chicago and in, the National Weather Service warned of flooding on Monday and said that waves could reach between 12 to 16 feet along the Cook County shore and 14 to 18 feet along the in shore. - The St. Louis metro area is dealing with some strong winds Monday morning. American Airlines issued a statement on Sunday afternoon, warning that more delays and cancellations were likely this evening.

By Monday morning, many areas from the Plains to the Midwest will have seen 6 to 10 inches of snow, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported multiple fender-benders but by midmorning on Monday the Department of Transportation said all roads were opened.

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More than 240 incoming and outgoing flights have already been cancelled at Chicago O'Hare Airport on Monday November 26, with hundreds more having been cancelled the previous day, reports Flight Aware.

On Sunday, Gov. Jeff Colyer declared a state of emergency after 2 to 14 inches (5 to 36 centimetres) of snow fell in parts of Kansas.

By midday, the blizzard warning was extended to parts of eastern IL and Chicago, where snow is forecast to fall at a rate of about 2 inches per hour. Separately, a portion of Interstate 29 was shut down due to heavy snow in Missouri, near the Iowa border.

Dozens of school districts in Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa also cancelled school because of the weather.

This story has been corrected to show the number of flights canceled at O'Hare and Midway had been recorded since midnight, not in the previous 24 hours.

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