Midwest Winter Storm Hits on Friday, Over Weekend

A man walks along the ice-covered south pier Thursday. Feb. 8 2018 in St. Joseph Mich

A man walks along the ice-covered south pier Thursday. Feb. 8 2018 in St. Joseph Mich

A winter storm moving across the Great Lakes that's forecast to drop about a foot of snow in some areas has closed schools and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

On Thursday, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for portions of northern IL and northwest IN that remains IN effect until 6 p.m. Friday.

Early Friday, the National Weather Service received reports of 4 inches (10 centimeters) of snow in northern IL.

The storm is expected to continue bringing snow into Northern Pennsylvania, Upstate New York, Eastern Iowa, the Northern Rockies, Montana, Wyoming, Western South Dakota, and Nebraska throughout Friday night, making for tricky Saturday morning commutes in Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Cleveland, and Buffalo, according to the Weather Channel's forecast. State Police said about 50 vehicles were involved in the pileup in the highway's eastbound lanes just east of Kalamazoo.

Chicago Public Schools announced shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday that classes will be canceled on Friday for all students.

Chicago residents dig out after more than 7 inches of snow fell on the city on February 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

Meanwhile, the storm is also trickling snow into the Great Lakes at rates of an inch per hour.

The National Weather Service says Friday morning it's received reports of between 9 and 11 inches (23 to 28 centimeters) of snow over a 24-hour period in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

"Our city is tackling the first major snow storm we have seen in several years - and it's clear that Chicagoans are rising to the challenge", Emanuel said in the statement. Snow across southern and central MI ranged from 7in on the western side of the state to more than 2in in the Detroit area. Some 250 flights at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport were also canceled. With diminished snow/flurries and temperatures in the 20s Friday afternoon, melting will be minimal on untreated roads and streets, making driving still slow and hard in many areas.

Meteorologist Heather Orow in Grand Rapids, Michigan, says the storm is "generally going to be an issue for travel".

Snow accumulation totals are expected from 1 to 3 inches in Nebraska, up to 8 inches in Iowa, and up to a foot in Illinois, Indiana and MI. People should stay off the roads if possible, but if they drive they should expect delays and hazardous conditions, she said.

Hank Stawasz was out shoveling his driveway, clearing a path for the retiree to exit his home in the Detroit suburb of Livonia. Schools across MI also cancelled classes.

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