Midwest commuters face blizzard as they head back to work

Midwest commuters face blizzard as they head back to work

Midwest commuters face blizzard as they head back to work

Along the shore of Lake Michigan in both Chicago and in, the National Weather Service warned of flooding on Monday and said that waves could reach between 12 to 16 feet along the Cook County shore and 14 to 18 feet along the in shore.

The National Weather Service downgraded the notice to a winter storm warning in Cook, DuPage and Will Counties.

A blizzard and winter storm warning was in effect through 6 a.m. on Monday across northeast Missouri and into southeast Wisconsin and northeast IL, including the greater Chicago area.

Fort Hays State University student Brooks Barber captured the blizzard conditions in Hays, Kansas, on Sunday morning.

"Make sure that you give yourself plenty of time and if all possible, do not travel if you don't have to", said Alicia Tate-Nadeau, the executive director of the Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

In eastern Nebraska, part of Interstate 80 between Lincoln and Omaha was closed Sunday morning because of multiple accidents after snow covered that area. The National Weather Service was warning those conditions would make travel hard in places.

The National Weather Service said that 3 to 9 inches fell across northern Missouri on Sunday. The blizzard warnings cover the north-eastern quarter of Kansas and part of Nebraska, as well as Iowa, Missouri and almost half of IL. Some areas could receive as much as a foot of snow within the next 24 to 36 hours.

Kluber said the storm was expected to hit the Chicago region sometime Sunday evening.

Forecasts say snowfall totals of 6 to 10 inches are possible across the Midwest. "It's pretty treacherous travel conditions", she said.

Airlines canceled several early morning flights out of Kansas City International Airport Monday, a day after low visibility and record snow led to a 4-hour closure of the airfield and more than 100 canceled flights.

Chicago's O'Hare International Airport alone has had at least 900 cancellations so far and delays averaging more than 40 minutes.

And an approximately 60-mile stretch of Interstate 70 in Kansas has been closed, according to a tweet from the state's Department of Transportation, from WaKeeney to Russell.

The major metropolitan areas in the Northeast will see wind and rain Monday into Tuesday.

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