Scores of flights canceled as storm pummels US Midwest

Winter storm crashes into Midwest

A winter storm brought heavy snowfall to parts of the US Midwest on Friday, February 9, causing 1,500 flight cancelations, snarling roads and closing schools.

On Thursday, almost 150 flights were cancelled at O'Hare, and almost 80 were cancelled at Midway.

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

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The Chicago Department of Aviation reports Friday morning that about 550 flights were canceled at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and about 230 flights were canceled at Chicago's Midway Airport. More than 260 flights were canceled at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan. CPS officials said Friday morning they expected classes to resume Monday.

Schools in Chicago and MI announced cancellations ahead of Winter Storm Mateo. Some of the highest totals are forecast in the Chicago area, northern in and southern MI.

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Thousands of children in the Midwest got a rare snow day off school Friday as a winter storm moved through the Great Lakes region, dumping almost a foot of the white powder in some places with more on the way.

Early Friday, the National Weather Service received reports of 4 inches (10 centimeters) of snow in northern IL.

On Thursday, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for portions of northern IL and northwest IN that remains IN effect until 6 p.m. Friday.

Metra also announced that it dispatched 350 workers overnight Thursday into Friday to shovel and salt platforms on all lines, but added that due to the amount of snow that will fall, platforms may become buried again quickly. The snow that began falling late on Thursday afternoon is expected to continue throughout Friday as the storm moves east.

American, United, Delta and Southwest airlines warned travellers to expect more flight cancellations to and from Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Weather service meteorologist Trent Frey says the forecast is for up to nine inches of snow in Detroit through late Friday. Numerous school districts in Nebraska and Iowa also canceled or delayed schools Friday because of the snow and frigid temperatures, according to the Associated Press.

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