Storm strands USA holiday travelers, more than 1240 flights cancelled

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A wintry storm is battering much of the central Midwest early Monday, bringing blizzard-like conditions that have grounded hundreds of flights and closed major highways at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend.

By Monday morning, many areas from the Plains to the Midwest will have seen 6 to 10 inches of snow, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

A blizzard is dumping more than a foot of snow and causing whiteout conditions from Missouri to Chicago and MI. As of Monday morning, almost 700 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport, while Midway International Airport reported about 70 flights had been canceled, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

Blizzard-like conditions have caused chaos across Missouri, Illinois and Kansas.

By midday, the blizzard warning was extended to parts of eastern IL and Chicago, where snow is forecast to fall at a rate of about 2 inches per hour. Some areas could receive as much as a foot of snow within the next 24 to 36 hours.

Parts of Interstate 80 between Lincoln and Omaha in eastern Nebraska were closed at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, as a result of multiple accidents on the snow-covered road. That included semitrailer trucks jackknifed across the highway.

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Kansas City International Airport shut down on Sunday afternoon as crews battled to clear the runway and de-ice planes.

The treacherous conditions forcing the governor of Kansas to declare a state of disaster emergency.

Fort Hays State University student Brooks Barber captured the blizzard conditions in Hays, Kansas, on Sunday morning.

That included about 900 flights to and from Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway Airport and nearly 200 flights at Kansas City International Airport. Chicago public schools were expected to open. Forecasters predict more than a foot of snow is likely in southeast Nebraska, northeast Kansas, northwest Missouri and southwest Iowa.

The Monday morning commute here will be slow and treacherous - snow and winds persisting closer-in during the early-morning hours, and then gradually diminishing as the center of low pressure fades off to the east. Lake shore flooding will be likely right along and just inland of the IL and Indiana Lake Michigan shoreline.

Kluber said the storm was expected to hit the Chicago region sometime Sunday evening.

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