Reports: Heavy snowstorm pummels Chicago to Detroit as school, flight cancellations mount

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February 09, 2018, 11:38:44 AM EST

A disruptive snowstorm is causing treacherous travel conditions over the midwestern and interior northeastern United States.

Conditions will be dangerous through Friday evening as snow spreads eastward. The heaviest snow is forecast to fall in southern Michigan and northern Indiana, where up to a foot of accumulation is possible.

Hundreds of flights have been delayed and canceled, while many schools are closed.

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Snowstorm to impede travel from Chicago, Detroit to Albany into Friday evening
Weekend snow, ice, rain and fog to slow travel in central and eastern US

11:05 a.m. EST Friday: Watch Reed Timmer's latest report from snow-pummeled Detroit:

10:25 a.m. EST Friday:

Wintry weather continues to plague travelers in Michigan, where several accidents are causing delays around Detroit. Some ramps, including the eastbound I-96 ramp to southbound I-275, are closed due to weather conditions.

Avoid I-96 eastbound around US127. It is closed east of 127 due to a jacknifed semi-truck, and numerous accidents are occurring west of 127 as a result of the slowdown.

— Ingham County HSEM (@InghamHSEM)

AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer is covering the winter storm from I-75 in Detroit.

8:20 a.m. CST Friday:

A total of 9 inches of snow have fallen within the past 24 hours in Belvidere, Illinois, according to the National Weather Service.

6:49 a.m. CST Friday:

More than 800 schools are closed Friday across Michigan as the state gets blasted with snow.

Chicago has also closed a number of schools as a heavy snow band passes over the city. There have been reports of traffic accidents due to slippery travel conditions on Chicago roads.

Meanwhile, flight cancellations continue for O'Hare and Midway international airports. Some flights scheduled to arrive at O'Hare are facing delays of up to 1 hour and 33 minutes, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Planning to fly thru Chicago today? Confirm flight status w/ your airline first. Due to heavy snowfall overnight and continuing today, airlines at ORD have canceled 500+ flights.

— O'Hare Intl. Airport (@fly2ohare)

6:42 a.m. EST Friday:

Deteriorating travel conditions have led to lowered speed limits on some highways in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

4:00 a.m. CST Friday:

Snow has moved into the Detroit and Cleveland metro areas just in time for the morning commute. Due to prior cold conditions, snow will quickly stick to the roadways, making it necessary for motorists to slow down to avoid spinouts and multi-vehicle accidents.

2:20 a.m. CST Friday:

Large stretches of roadway in northern and central Iowa are slippery and snow covered, including portions of Interstate 80, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation. Up to 9 inches of snow have fallen near Fort Dodge.

Roads conditions on Interstate 80 near Iowa City, Iowa, early Friday morning. (Image/Iowa Department of Transportation)

1:00 a.m. CST Friday:

The snow that swept through South Dakota on Thursday broke an 24-year-old snowfall record in the town of Mitchell.

Mitchell set 2 daily records Thursday - 4.2 inches of snowfall and 0.28 inch of liquid equivalent precipitation. These break records set on February 8th, 1994.

— NWS Sioux Falls (@NWSSiouxFalls)

As the snow exits South Dakota and sweeps eastward into the western Great Lakes, roadway conditions continue to deteriorate across northern Illinois, including in Chicago.

A map of northern Illinois showing road conditions early Friday morning. (Image/Illinois Department of Transportation)

11:30 p.m. CST Thursday:

Departure flights from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport are being delayed an average of 45 minutes as snow continues to move into the city. Over half a foot of snow could bury the Windy City by Friday night.

I-294 heading southbound. Slick and snow covered with little traffic out there. Be safe if you must travel. @NWSChicago

— Bill Snyder (@billyweather)

10:00 p.m. CST Thursday:

Numerous schools in Iowa have announced two-hour delays on Friday morning due to the snowy conditions. Between 2 and 5 inches of snow have piled up across northern parts of the state, with locally higher amounts. A trained spotter near Fort Dodge reported 7.5 inches of snow so far from the storm.

8:41 p.m. CST Thursday:

Snow is leading to dangerous road conditions in South Dakota, and officials advise that motorists stay off the roads in Pennington County. Pennington County is located in western South Dakota and includes Rapid City.

With weather conditions deteriorating Thursday night, no travel is advised in Pennington County and outlying areas. Vehicles are rolling through intersections and sliding off roads.
Drivers are asked to wait until morning when plows are able to treat and clear roads.

— Pennington County SO (@PennCoSheriff)

7:30 p.m. CST Thursday:

The Department of Streets and Sanitation has deployed over 200 snow trucks across the Chicago area to salt and plow roads around the city.

A map showing the location of plow trucks around Chicago. (Image/City of Chicago)

Many roads in and around the city are currently wet, but snow will likely begin to accumulate on roads overnight as steadier snow moves into Chicago.

Snow has been falling for several hours in the northwestern corner of the state, causing roads in this area to be partially or mostly covered in ice or snow. People planning to drive through this area of Illinois should allow for extra time to reach their destination.

A map of northern Illinois showing road conditions on Thursday evening. (Image/Illinois Department of Transportation)

6:00 p.m. CST Thursday:

The first flakes are starting to fall in Chicago, with snow advancing eastward across the region. Snow may fall in Chicago for more than 24 consecutive hours, with temperatures hovering in the 20s F.

5:10 p.m. CST Thursday:

All Chicago Public Schools will be closed on Friday due to the approaching winter weather.

AccuWeather meteorologists are forecasting 8 to 12 inches of snow in the city, with some locally higher amounts possible.

Due to the extreme weather forecast, classes for all CPS students will be canceled on Friday, February 9.

— ChicagoPublicSchools (@ChiPubSchools)

3:00 p.m. CST Thursday:

Snow-covered roads are leading to slower-than-normal travel across Iowa, including on Interstate 35 north of Des Moines.

Some areas in central and eastern Iowa could receive up to a foot of snow accumulation through Friday.

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