As of Monday morning, several schools in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and IL have been forced to close as a result of the snow. A swath of 10+ inch snowfall totals are expected, with locally higher amounts over a foot is possible-particularly in eastern Iowa/western IL. Heavy snow and gusts up to 45 miles per hour were forecast from 10 a.m. Sunday till 4 a.m. Monday.
More than 1,200 flights were cancelled on Sunday as travelers scrambled to get home after the Thanksgiving holiday.
The National Weather Service is predicting rain to begin falling early Sunday morning in the western part of the state before transitioning to snow by late morning.
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The storm caused multiple highways and interstates to close across both Kansas and Missouri. However, there was a flooding risk near the shore and flood warnings were issued for Cook County, Ill., and Lake and Porter counties in IN, the National Weather Service Chicago reported.
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.
"It's going to be messy", said Todd Kluber, a National Weather Service meteorologist, hinting that the area could see even more blizzard-like conditions. However, the airport reopened Sunday night. Similar conditions saw parts of I-80 closed in Nebraska, as a storm reduced visibility to near-zero.
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Other snow totals throughout the state are still being measured, the Kansas City Star reports. Stay in your vehicle if you do become stuck. Blowing and drifting snow will linger through the day.
The flight-tracking website FlightAware reported that 491 flights headed to or from the USA had been cancelled as of 11 a.m. Sunday. That included semitrailer trucks jackknifed across the highway. Snowfall totals were expected to be 6 to 12 inches (15-30 cm) across those areas.
The storm was forecast to hit parts of northern IN and southern MI early Monday before moving further East.
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Travelers at O'Hare International Airport were still experiencing long delays on Monday afternoon, hours after one of the largest November snowstorms on record hit the Chicago area.
"We have manpower and equipment out in those locations, but motorists should anticipate a slower afternoon and evening commute, with some slick conditions expected", he said. He said rain will give way to heavy snowfall and "near whiteout conditions" that would make for risky travel.
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