A winter storm moving across the Great Lakes dropped up to a foot of snow in some areas Friday, creating treacherous driving conditions, closing schools, and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights.
Snow-related crashed snarled highways across southern MI, with one person killed when a semitrailer struck the rear of a auto stopped in traffic on US 23 near Flint, police said.
A Divvy bicycle rider deposits his bike in a rental kiosk as a winter storm makes its way through several Midwest states February 9, 2018, in Chicago.
More than 1,000 flights were canceled at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and more than 300 were canceled at Midway, the Chicago Department of Aviation reported Friday afternoon.
Schools were closed in both cities and multiple vehicle crashes were reported on icy roads.
A one-two winter storm punch that started Friday - stretching from Montana through the Rockies, Plains and upper Midwest - will dump more snow and freezing rain through much of the northern tier of country this weekend. Those could bring another 3 to 9 inches total. Numerous school districts in Nebraska and Iowa also canceled or delayed schools Friday because of the snow and frigid temperatures, according to the Associated Press. As of 9:30 a.m., more than 740 flights have been cancelled on Friday at O'Hare, and more than 280 have been cancelled on Friday at Midway.
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Meteorologist Heather Orow said this morning the storm is "generally going to be an issue for travel".
Airfield and maintenance crews began to remove snow overnight and airport officials say they'll continue working non-stop clearing the runways throughout the evening. People should stay off the roads if possible and expect delays and hazardous conditions.
Some of the highest totals are forecast in northern IL, including the Chicago area, as well as northern in and southern MI.
United Airlines said on Twitter that waivers were in effect for snow-hit areas this week, allowing travelers to change flights without charges.
Public schools in Chicago and Detroit were closed Friday because of the winter storm, city officials announced.