Disruptive snow is spreading over the midwestern United States as a snowstorm threatens to halt travel across the region.
Conditions will deteriorate through Friday morning as snow spreads eastward across the region. The heaviest snow is forecast to fall from central Iowa through southern Michigan where up to a foot of accumulation is possible. This includes stretches of Interstates 35, 69, 75, 80, 90, 94 and 96.
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“Major flight delays and cancellations are likely in Chicago and Detroit,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
Over 600 flights scheduled for Friday have already been canceled between Chicago Midway International and O’Hare International Airports, according to FlightStats, with more cancellations likely.
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Numerous schools in Iowa have announced 2-hour delays on Friday morning due to the snowy conditions. Between 2-5 inches of snow has piled up across northern parts of the state with locally higher amounts. A trained spotter near Fort Dodge reported 7.5 inches of snow so far from the storm.
Many roads in and around the city are are currently wet, but snow will likely begin to accumulate on roads overnight as steadier snow moves into Chicago.
Snow has been falling for several hours in the northwestern corner of the state causing roads in this area to be partially or mostly covered in ice or snow. People planning to drive through this area of Illinois should allow for extra time to reach their destination.
All Chicago Public Schools will be closed on Friday due to the approaching winter weather.
AccuWeather meteorologists are forecasting 8 to 12 inches of snow in the city with some locally higher amounts possible.
Due to the extreme weather forecast, classes for all CPS students will be canceled on Friday, February 9.
— ChicagoPublicSchools (@ChiPubSchools) February 8, 2018