Jan. 19 (UPI) — A major winter storm was dumping several inches of snow and causing travel headaches in the Midwest as residents in the Northeast braced for trouble hitting them this weekend.
More than 100 million people in the United States — about 30 percent of the nation — were facing heavy snow, strong winds and frigid temperatures, CNN reported.
The storm was causing air travel problems as 1,906 flights had been canceled and 1,424 flights were delayed on Saturday by midday, according to FlightAware. At Chicago O’Hare International Airport, 29 percent of the destination flights and 35 percent of the original flights were canceled. Other flights at the third-largest airport in the nation were delayed.
Chicago was hit by its first winter storm of the year, starting on Friday night.
Northern Illinois had snowy and icy roads, with the heaviest snow in the northern suburbs, the Chicago Tribune reported. Highwood recorded 8.8 inches of snow and McHenry had 10 inches as of 8:53 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.
In downtown Chicago, more than 5 inches had fallen compared with 4 inches at O’Hare and 3 at Midway, the other major airport.
Forecasters said snow would stop in Northern Illinois but it would be windy and colder from Saturday night into Sunday morning. Temperatures were about 30 in downtown Chicago and in the mid-20s at the airports as of about noon, but will be dropping into the high teens Sunday.
On Friday, the storm slammed Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. At Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Neb., the airport closed for several hours Friday after a Southwest Airlines flight went off a runway into an overrun area while taxiing. keep reading