A severe winter storm blanketed much of the central Midwest with snow on Sunday Nov 25, bringing blizzard-like conditions that grounded hundreds of flights and forced the closure of major highways on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
“It’s going to be messy,” said Todd Kluber, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service based in Chicago.
With much of the central Plains and Great Lakes region under blizzard or winter storm warnings, more than 1,200 flights headed to or from the U.S. had been cancelled, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.
Strong winds and snow created blizzard conditions across much of Nebraska and parts of Kansas, Iowa and Missouri Sunday morning.
By midday, the blizzard warning was extended to parts of eastern Illinois and Chicago, where snow is forecast to fall at a rate of about 2 inches per hour.
Other parts of the 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 by the end of the day.
— WEATHER/ METEO WORLD (@StormchaserUKEU) November 25, 2018
Full on blizzard conditions in Keokuk, Iowa! 2nd most intense winter storm/blizzard I’ve ever been in behind the Christmas Eve blizzard of 09’ in Oklahoma! Stay safe out there! pic.twitter.com/oqdiizlXCz
— Gage Shaw (@WXgage) November 25, 2018
Driving conditions in the American central plains and Great Lakes region are dangerous because of a #winterstorm. Hundreds of flights had been cancelled and major highways were closed. https://t.co/LQfPNsMdzK pic.twitter.com/eY6AqZSSl1
— Matthieu Mohan (@MatthieuMohan) November 26, 2018
Kluber said the heavy snowfall and “near whiteout conditions” will make for dangerous travel.
In eastern Nebraska, part of Interstate 80 between Lincoln and Omaha was closed Sunday morning because of multiple accidents after snow covered that area. That included semitrailer trucks jackknifed across the highway.
In Kansas, Gov. Jeff Colyer issued a state of emergency declaration. The action came as a large stretch of Interstate 70, spanning much of the state, was closed between Junction City and WaKeeney.
Separately, a portion of Interstate 29 was shut down in Missouri, near the Iowa border.
Schools in parts of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois have already called off classes for Monday.
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[Featured Image: Charlie Riedel, AP — Nov. 25, in Kansas City]