Storm blan­kets parts of US Mid­west with snow

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

CHICAGO: The first sig­nif­i­cant win­try storm of the sea­son blan­keted parts of the Mid­west with a foot of snow and more was on the way yes­ter­day, cre­at­ing haz­ardous con­di­tions as some trav­el­ers pre­pared to depart for the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day. While win­ter has not of­fi­cially be­gun, the shov­els and snow­blow­ers were out from South Dakota and southern Min­nesota, to Iowa, Wis­con­sin and north­ern Illi­nois. The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice said the snow was to con­tinue in Illi­nois and In­di­ana yes­ter­day, as well as move into Michi­gan be­fore head­ing north­east into Canada late yes­ter­day.

“In those ar­eas, it is go­ing to be a very tough travel day,” said Na­tional Weather Ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Bruce Terry in Col­lege Park, Mary­land. Chicago’s O’Hare In­ter­na­tional Air­port had 4 inches of snow by early Satur­day. About 250 flights in and out of the busy air­port had been can­celed by Satur­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to the track­ing web­site FlightAware.com, while Mid­way In­ter­na­tional Air­port had can­celed about 100 flights.

Roads were slushy due to a rain and snow mix around the Chicago area, which was forecast to get be­tween six and 10 inches. Marengo, about 65 miles north­west of the city, recorded a foot of snow, ac­cord­ing to weather ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Bruce Sul­li­van. The Illi­nois Toll­way, which main­tains in­ter­state toll­ways in 11 coun­ties, said it had 185 snow­plows ready to go and 84,000 tons of salt stock­piled.

Tem­per­a­tures plunged be­hind the front. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, reached 11 de­grees Satur­day and the town of Es­therville in north­ern Iowa was even colder at 6 de­grees with a wind chill of mi­nus 4, the weather ser­vice said. South­east­ern South Dakota got up to 18 inches of snow on Fri­day, Terry said. In Iowa, Des Moines re­ceived 6 inches by late Fri­day and amounts of a foot or more were com­mon in north­ern Iowa. The high­est recorded snow­fall in the state was 17 inches, the weather ser­vice said.

The Iowa Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion warned peo­ple in Des Moines and sev­eral other cities not to travel be­cause of the haz­ardous con­di­tions. Iowa State Pa­trol Sgt. Nathan Lud­wig said troop­ers in north­ern and western Iowa were see­ing many cars in ditches, es­pe­cially near Ma­son City and Coun­cil Bluffs, the Des Moines Reg­is­ter re­ported. It is not un­usual for snow to fall in the Mid­west be­fore Thanks­giv­ing, Terry said. “Some of those amounts are pretty im­pres­sive for this time of year,” he added. — AP

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