Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Midwest snow storm cancels at least one flight from Fargo

Midwest snow storm cancels at least one flight from Fargo

As of 11:30 a.m., 880 flights were canceled at O'Hare with delays averaging 75 minutes, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

"It's going to be messy", said Todd Kluber, a National Weather Service meteorologist, hinting that the area could see even more blizzard-like conditions.

Some 1,273 USA flights had been canceled by Sunday evening, with delays to 5,091 flights, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware. American Airlines said it canceled 200 flights - including its regional partners - or about three percent of the airline's global operation.

The blizzard warnings cover the north-eastern quarter of Kansas and part of Nebraska, as well as Iowa, Missouri and almost half of IL.

Winds of 25 to 40 miles per hour are making driving conditions "pretty bad" regardless of the snowfall amounts, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Scott Dergan.

On Sunday, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer declared a state of emergency in the state after five to 36 centimetres of snow fell in some areas. Several state and USA highways were impassable in Nebraska, but traffic was moving on Interstate 29 in the southwestern corner of Iowa and Interstate 80 in the eastern of the state, despite a blanket of snow. That included semitrailers jackknifed across the highway.

Travelers were told to beware of rain transitioning with little notice into heavy, wet snow on Sunday afternoon.

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The cancellations come on the heels of more than 1,000 cancellations nationwide on Sunday because of the blizzard conditions in the Windy City.

Separately, a portion of Interstate 29 was shut down in Missouri, near the Iowa border.

Commuters in Chicago and across the Midwest will face a blizzard packing more than a foot of snow and whiteout conditions as they head back to work on Monday after the long Thanksgiving weekend.

There were reports of snow as high as 16 inches in parts of Iowa, with other areas reporting 3 inches to 10 inches.

Planes were grounded at the airports in Kansas City, Missouri; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Omaha, Nebraska, Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The storm also made holiday travel treacherous on the roads and miserable for air travelers in the Midwest starting over the weekend and continuing into Monday.

North of Chicago, the city of Evanston's police department said in a statement its power had been knocked out by the storm, although it was still able to receive 911 calls.

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