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Heavy snow to blanket upper Midwest

10 February 2018

Chicago: A winter storm swept across the northern US Midwest on Friday, dumping up to nine inches (23 cm) of snow on Chicago, killing at least two people and snarling hundreds of flights as it rolled east to threaten NY state and New England.

There is a Winter Storm Warning for Grant, Lafayette, Green, Rock and Jefferson counties for Thursday night and Friday, as those areas will see the highest snowfall amounts as it stands now. Snow will fall at its heaviest at night with lighter accumulations expected through Friday morning.

It could drop up to 14 inches (36 cm) of snow in some areas, the National Weather Service said.

Airlines also have cancelled hundreds of flights at O'Hare and Midway airports.

Slide-offs and crashes were reported on the roads early Friday in the Chicago and Detroit areas.

Expect a hard Friday morning commute. Travelers are advised to check their flight's status before heading to the airport.

The Great Lakes region was expected to see additional snowfall over the weekend, while the current storm was forecast to move eastward to upstate NY and New England regions by Saturday.

A Divvy bicycle rider deposits his bike in a rental kiosk as a winter storm makes its way through several Midwest states February 9, 2018, in Chicago.

"It's going to be messy", Trent Frey, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township, said. If the heavy band of snow shifts South we could still see 5 inches of snow or so.

Almost 1,000 flights were delayed and another 1,500 canceled at Detroit and Chicago airports.

The city of Marshall will be under a snow emergency from 9 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. Saturday, city officials announced this afternoon. A pileup on the same highway just east of Kalamazoo in southwestern MI collected 38 vehicles, including 16 semitrailers, in the eastbound lanes Friday afternoon, causing only minor injuries.

Heavy snow to blanket upper Midwest