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

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The highest recorded wind gust during the storm was 58 miles per hour Sunday morning at the Russell Municipal Airport according to the National Weather Service.

Early in the afternoon heavier damage was to the north, from Platte City to St. Joseph.

Heavy snow with total accumulations of 6 to 8 inches within the Warning area and accumulations of 3 to 7 inches within the Advisory area.

Because of the poor weather conditions in Kansas City, RideKC announced it was suspending service at 6 p.m.

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Storms brought up to 2 inches of snow per hour and winds as high as 40 to 50 mph, causing whiteout conditions on the roads.

This is not a storm to mess with, as it causes unsafe conditions on the roads while dumping so-called "heart attack snow", which is very wet, heavy, and hard to shovel.

In eastern IL snow was forecast to fall at a rate of about 2 inches per hour.

The Coast Guard issued a warning Sunday afternoon, urging people to stay away from the shoreline and remain off nearby paths, as first responders will not be able to launch rescue crews due to the high waves. Several instances of 10 inches or more have been reported in Forreston, Woodstock, Bull Valley and Rockford. Drivers should note the road, direction of travel and nearest milepost or crossroad.

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And if you're swept into the lake, "high waves, churning waters and hypothermia, which will set in quickly, can make it almost impossible to get out of the water alive", said Haraf.

Flight-tracking website, FlightAware showed the chaos caused to travelers as a winter storm blanketed much of the central Midwest with snow and resulted in a state of emergency being declared in Kansas. But that is set to change later in the day, when the storm reaches the Chicago area.

'It's going to be messy, ' said Todd Kluber, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service said.

Major cities including Kansas City, Mo., and Chicago are expecting heavy snow on Sunday. He said rain will give way to heavy snowfall and "near whiteout conditions" that would make for risky travel.

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Strong winds and snow were expected to create blizzard conditions across much of Nebraska and parts of Kansas, Iowa and Missouri.

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