Winter weather blast the Midwest and Northeast

Author: Associated Press
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MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) – A snowstorm socking the Midwest is delaying flights, knocking out power and making driving dangerous.

More than 1,500 flights have been canceled, mainly in Chicago, where more than a foot of snow is expected to fall by evening.

Chicago’s Department of Aviation says about 1,100 flights out of O’Hare International Airport have been canceled, along with about 200 at Midway International Airport. Flight cancellations and delays are also reported in Detroit and Omaha, Nebraska.

The weather has also led to power outages, affecting roughly 18,000 ComEd customers in the Chicago metro area and nearly 8,000 homes and businesses in northern Indiana.

And blowing, drifting is making for treacherous travel on the roads. In eastern Nebraska, several sections of Interstate 80 were closed today due to traffic accidents in icy conditions.

The storm is expected to move east and dump up to 16 inches of fresh snow on parts of New England still digging out from a walloping early last week.

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