Snow falling across upper Midwest leaves roads treacherous

Midwest pounded by heavy snow

2 dead, 1600 flights grounded as snowstorm sweeps US Midwest, heads to New York

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

Kieran Sheridan, chief operating officer for the Chicago Department of Aviation, said in a Friday press conference that the city's airports were "well-prepared".

The department advised travelers to check their itinerary ahead of time because the winter weather warning remains active, the media added.

Rates of about a half-inch per hour are expected through Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

A one-two winter storm punch that started Friday - stretching from Montana through the Rockies, Plains and upper Midwest - will dump more snow and freezing rain through much of the northern tier of country this weekend. American, United and Southwest airlines warned travelers to expect more flight cancellations to and from Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Four major USA airlines - Delta, United, Frontier and Southwest - issued weather waivers for passengers, allowing travelers to change their reservations without incurring fees. Eight inches was reported in parts of northern IL and up to about 6 inches was reported the Chicago area.

Eight inches was reported in parts of northern IL and up to about 6 inches was reported the Chicago area.

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City officials announced school closures in Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee because of the weather. CPS officials say they anticipate students being back in classrooms Monday. By early Friday, more than 100 flights were canceled at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan.

County and city crews will also be putting in a lot of overtime but it may take them a day or two more to get to all the streets, focusing on primary roads and bus routes first.

Though the snow will wane off by Friday night, the winter weather won't be done just yet.

Van Buren County as already seen more snow this winter than nearly any other, and Road Commission Manager Larry Hummel says they will get the job done sooner with patience and cooperation from drivers.

Most of the snowfall should be east of our area by midday.

The central and northern Rockies also will see heavy snow, the weather service said.

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