Snow blankets Chicago as winter storm sweeps US Midwest

Monday, 12 Feb, 2018

According to the National Weather Service, nine consecutive days of snowfall have only happened twice in the history of the Windy City since the agency began keeping records dating back to 1885.

About 6 more inches of snow could fall in some areas.

Slide-offs and crashes were reported on the roads Friday in the Chicago and Detroit areas.

City officials announced school closures in Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee because of the weather. That is significantly less than the approximately 1,300 cancellations at the two airports on Friday. "We still have several hours left of this heavier snow". Reports are sparse, but it appears around 3-inches of new snow has accumulated at many locations - lighter snow possibly mixed with a little freezing rain/drizzle farther south of Interstate-80. The heaviest of snow will be before sunrise, but snow showers will linger into late morning. Eight inches were reported in parts of northern IL and in New Carlisle in northern Indiana.

Hank Stawasz was out shoveling his driveway by hand, clearing a path for the retiree to exit his home in the Detroit suburb of Livonia.

About 1,250 US flights were canceled, with about one in five flights into or out of Chicago and Detroit airports called off, according to FlightAware.com, which tracks airline traffic.

A section of Interstate 94 in southwestern MI was blocked after dozens of vehicles crashed. Michigan State Police said about 50 vehicles were involved in the Friday afternoon pileup in the highway's eastbound lanes just east of Kalamazoo.