Almost 800 Flights Reportedly Canceled in Chicago Area Due to Snowstorm

A plane over Detroit Metro airport in an MLive file

That would be a significant improvement over the forecast from Thursday night, when it appeared the Chicago area could see as much as 12 inches by Friday afternoon, and up to 17 inches by Sunday.

In Michigan, more than 50 vehicles, including auto and semi-trailer trucks, were involved in a pileup on icy I-94 east of Kalamazoo, according to local media.

The winter storm blanketing Chicago has dumped almost 5 inches of snow in Chicago as of early Friday morning, but the latest forecasts are significantly better than yesterday.

About 800 flights have been canceled in the Chicago area as heavy snowfalls hit the US Midwest overnight, media reported on Friday.

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

More than 1,000 flights have been canceled at the city's O'Hare and Midway worldwide airports.

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MIZ075-076-082-083-092115- /O.CON.KDTX.WS.W.0003.000000T0000Z-180210T0500Z/ Washtenaw-Wayne-Lenawee-Monroe- Including the cities of Ann Arbor, Detroit, Adrian, and Monroe 1033 AM EST Fri Feb 9 2018.WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT.* WHAT.Heavy snow. Snow across southern and central MI ranged from 7 inches on the western side of the state to more than 2 inches in the Detroit area. Those could bring another 3 to 9 inches total.

Friday's winter snow storm caused more than 400 flights to be canceled or delayed. More than 200 flights were also canceled Friday morning at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Meteorologist Heather Orow said this morning the storm is "generally going to be an issue for travel".

Some of the highest totals are forecast in northern IL, including the Chicago area, as well as northern in and southern MI. People should stay off the roads if possible and expect delays and hazardous conditions.

Airlines warned of more cancelations to come at neighboring airports, and allowed passengers to change flight reservations without fees.

While less intense as it moves eastward, the storm is still expected to leave a few inches of snow over the northern tier, but will remain mostly north of major population centers like Philadelphia, New York City and Boston. The central and northern Rockies also will see heavy snow, the weather service said.

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