Snow piles up in midwest storm, traffic snarled

Airport and airplanes in a blizzard

Forecasts show an 80 percent chance for snow persists on Saturday night and on Sunday as well.

"The snow is here and we can expect anywhere from 4"-7", 5"-9", or even up to 10" of snow in Ingham County. "Much of the Stateline will see around 1" of new snow accumulation, with Lee, southern DeKalb, and southern Whiteside counties getting closer to 2" of accumulation. "We're up to it".

The storm system stretching from western Montana to southern MI could drop up to 14 inches (36 cm) of snow in some areas, the National Weather Service said. Ten inches were reported in parts of northern IL and 8 inches in northern Indiana.

The snow from a winter storm moving across the Great Lakes is leaving roads treacherous, closing schools and cancelling hundreds of flights across the upper Midwest. Still, we may see another inch or two during the day tomorrow around SE Lower Michigan with temps in the upper 20s again tomorrow afternoon.

The Chicago Department of Aviation says roughly 550 flights were canceled at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and about 230 flights were canceled at Chicago's Midway Airport. More than 200 flights were also canceled Friday morning at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

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American, United, Delta and Southwest airlines warned travelers 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.

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. Still, the city experienced dozens of auto crashes Thursday evening and early Friday.

The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation deployed more than 300 plows overnight to clear the city's main roads and Lake Shore Drive for the morning rush, only occasionally hitting some side streets.

Public schools in Chicago and Detroit were closed Friday because of the winter storm, city officials announced. Classes were also canceled in the city's suburbs.

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