Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Snow blankets Chicago as winter storm sweeps US Midwest

Snow blankets Chicago as winter storm sweeps US Midwest

The National Weather Service says the Kalamazoo area had seen at least 6 inches of fresh snowfall since late Thursday as the region remained under a winter storm warning.

Two more rounds of snow on Saturday and Sunday could add up to 3 more inches, for a total around 8 to 11 inches by Sunday afternoon. The heavy snow is forecast to move into upstate NY and New England by early Saturday.

A major winter storm will move through the Midwest later Thursday afternoon through Friday and will bring significant snowfall to parts of southern Wisconsin.

"The Friday morning rush is gonna be trouble", National Weather Service meteorologist Charles Mott had told the Chicago Tribune.

According to Channel3000.com, The heaviest snow is now expected to fall over northern IL and southern Wisconsin - about 5 to 7 inches of snow with locally heavier amounts is now expected from Madison southward into northern IL.

The snow will linger into Saturday, and a lighter round is likely Sunday.

Chicago officials say about 6 to 7 inches of snow has fallen on the city and they're gearing up for three more waves through the weekend.

Chicago Midway, which is an operating base for Southwest Airlines, has already canceled more than 50 percent of Friday's scheduled flights. The central and northern Rockies also will see heavy snow, the weather service said.

Portions of northern IN were hit hard, with 8 inches reported IN New Carlisle.

The Weather Channel has named the storm Winter Storm Mateo.

Because of the anticipated weather conditions, normal Friday refuse service will be delayed until Saturday, according to a February 8 email from Elmhurst Communications Manager Kassondra Schref.

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