Sunday's winter storm carrying blizzard like conditions to much of the Kansas City metro brought more snow to the area than many have seen in years.
Snow is expected to begin overspreading the region around 1 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. Monday. The forecast for central IL is for up to six inches of snow, with the heaviest snow north of Springfield. Another 44 flights were canceled out of Chicago Midway Airport.
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for parts of Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa.
"The Kansas Department of Transportation has reported multiple road closures due to visibility including I-70 eastbound and westbound from Salina to WaKeeney", Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer said in a statement. Winds will also be a major issue, coming from the NNW at 20-30 miles per hour with gusts near 45 miles per hour.
The weather service cautioned that snow, sleet and strong winds will create slick roads, poor visibility and unsafe travel leading into the morning.
Many idly waited as routes through the IL city and Kansas City were badly affected and the situation only got worse as by 6pm, approximately 1,200 flights leaving from the United States or heading to the country were put on hold.
"This is the stronger winter weather system the Kansas City area has seen in quite some time, National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Gitro told the Kansas City Star". It was re-opened by Sunday afternoon. If you get stranded stay with your vehicle.
Crews also are plowing on secondary routes in areas that saw heavier snow totals in Kane, McHenry, Lake, DuPage and northern Cook counties, Tridgell said. In addition to heavy snow, strong winds will accompany this system resulting in potential blizzard conditions and unsafe travel conditions to end the Holiday Weekend. Winds will ramp up, temperatures will drop, and school delays/cancellations are likely along with scattered power outages.
The Nebraska State Patrol closed westbound I-80 between Lincoln and Omaha because of the crashes on Sunday morning, which included semitrailer trucks jackknifed across the highway.
The storm was forecast to hit parts of northern IN and southern MI early Monday before moving further East.
A majority of those flights involved Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and Eastern seaboard cities that were affected by weather, he added. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely unsafe.