Schools closed, flights canceled as winter storm hits Chicago, Detroit


The National Weather Service reports as of early Friday afternoon, 9 inches (23 centimeters) had fallen in Berrien County's Bridgman along Lake Michigan in the southwestern part of the state.

Winter storm watches and warnings are in effect Thursday all the way from Montana to MI.

The National Weather Service said "travel will be hard to impossible at times".

The snow will continue to be steady all day in Detroit area in the midwestern US state of MI, said forecasters.

"The good news is we're tried and tested here", he said.

A woman stops to photograph the New York Stock Exchange as snow begins to fall during the morning commute in New York City, U.S., February 7, 2018.

The threat of the largest snowstorm of the season also prompted school districts in Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee to cancel classes Friday.

Several crashes were reported on the roads early Friday in the Chicago and Detroit areas.

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

More than 1,000 flights have been canceled at the city's O'Hare and Midway worldwide airports. A multi-vehicle crash that closed a stretch of eastbound Interstate 94 near Ann Arbor, but no severe injuries were reported. CPS officials say they anticipate students being back in classrooms Monday.

About 750 flights were canceled at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and about 300 flights were canceled at Midway, the Chicago Department of Aviation said Friday.

Almost 1,000 flights were delayed and another 1,500 canceled at Detroit and Chicago airports.

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

Two more rounds of snow on Saturday and Sunday could add up to 3 more inches, for a total around 8 to 11 inches by Sunday afternoon.

Schools in Detroit shut for the day along with Wayne State University in Detroit and other schools across MI. Schools across Nebraska and Iowa also closed or delayed the start of classes.