Winter storm prompts hundreds of flight cancellations at O'Hare, Midway

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According to a tweet by the National Weather Service, parts of MI, the eastern shore of Lake Erie and ME could be covered by up to a foot or more of snow by Wednesday morning.

See the precipitation the Midwest received from the storm, according to the National Weather Service.

A blizzard is dumping more than a foot of snow and causing whiteout conditions from Missouri to Chicago and MI.

"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. The National Weather Service was warning those conditions would make travel hard in places. "Kansas City received 5.8" of snow Sunday, breaking the record for the date that was set in 1895, according to the National Weather Service.

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Dozens of school districts in Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa also cancelled school because of the weather.

At least 1,265 USA flights were canceled and another 5,000 or so were delayed on the final day of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, considered the busiest travel day of the year, according to the flight-tracking firm FlightAware.

Whiteout conditions brought low visibility to the small town of Chariton, Iowa, which is an hour south of Des Moines.

Kansas City was forced to close its airport for four hours and in Chicago, more than 800 flights were cancelled Sunday.

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North of Chicago, the city of Evanston's police department said in a statement its power had been knocked out by the storm, although it was still able to receive 911 calls.

Other parts of central plains and Great Lakes region were under a winter storm warning, that could see a foot or more of snow dumped in some places.

The weather service posted some snowfall totals on Twitter Sunday night. He said rain will give way to heavy snowfall and "near whiteout conditions" that will make for risky travel. The state Department of Transportation reported several road closures Monday, mostly in the extreme northeast, but said a stretch of Interstate 70 that had been closed on Sunday was reopened.

The storm was bringing winds from 48kph to 56kph, with gusts of up to 72kph to 80kph.

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By Monday, Brink said, the storm will have moved into the Northeast.

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