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Heavy traffic is seen on Interstate 190 near O'Hare International Airport in Chicago Sunday Nov. 25 2018. A winter storm is expected to dump snow across the Midwest on one of the busiest travel days of the year

Heavy traffic is seen on Interstate 190 near O'Hare International Airport in Chicago Sunday Nov. 25 2018. A winter storm is expected to dump snow across the Midwest on one of the busiest travel days of the year

The blizzard warnings cover the north-eastern quarter of Kansas and part of Nebraska, as well as Iowa, Missouri and almost half of IL. A swath of 10+ inch snowfall totals are expected, with locally higher amounts over a foot is possible-particularly in eastern Iowa/western IL. The forecast for central IL is for up to six inches of snow, with the heaviest snow north of Springfield.

Chicago's O'Hare airport, a hub for the entire Midwest, saw mass cancellations - 801 arriving and departing flights were canceled on Sunday, with more than 300 others delayed.

About 7 inches of snow fell across McHenry County on Sunday night, and it is expected to continue through Monday morning, National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Donofrio said.

Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer has already issued a State of Disaster Emergency declaration in response to the winter storm, which has forced the closure of several roads and power outages across several counties, reports KSHB. Chicago is home to one of the nation's major airline hubs.

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The window for safe travel in Chicago could extend into the early to mid-afternoon Sunday, especially in the southwest suburbs, according to the weather service's latest forecast. The action came as a large stretch of Interstate 70, spanning much of the state, was closed between Junction City and WaKeeney. Travelers should look out for rain transitioning with little notice into heavy, wet snow on Sunday afternoon. If you get stranded stay with your vehicle.

The storm was also bringing wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour throughout northern IL, leading to whiteout conditions on area highways. That included semitrailer trucks jackknifed across the highway.

In the Loop, snow wasn't sticking to the ground until around 6:15 a.m., leaving only an inch or two on untreated sidewalks by the time the snow ended a couple hours later.

Flight-tracking website FlightAware reported that more than 1,200 flights within, into or out of the US were canceled on Sunday, one of the busiest travel days of the year.

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A majority of those flights involved Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and Eastern seaboard cities that were affected by weather, he added.

The storm is expected to hit IN and MI early Monday.

This year's blizzard is the worst storm to hit Chicago since November 25-26, 1975, which dumped 8.9 inches on the Windy City. He said rain will give way to heavy snowfall and "near whiteout conditions" that would make for risky travel.

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