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Winter Storm Watch issued for Lapeer County

Winter Storm Watch issued for Lapeer County

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect from late tonight through Friday evening. Those could bring another 3 to 9 inches total.

Snow is expected to develop Friday evening across the southwest and spread north and east through the night.

FlightAware.com, which tracks airline traffic, said about 1,050 USA flights were canceled, with about one in five flights into or out of Chicago and Detroit airports called off, per Reuters.

Ice and snow covered Chicago's expressways, where there were at least 25 crashes overnight, the Chicago Tribune reported.

In addition, more than a thousand flights were canceled at the city's airports, and transportation agencies were warning commuters of the storm's impact.

The winter storm also caused issues in Montana.

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Winter Storm Watch issued for Lapeer County

Chicago Public Schools and hundreds of other schools in the region all closed Friday because of the storm, and Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport announced that cancelation of hundreds of flights, per the Tribune.

The Chicago area remains under a Winter Storm Warning through Friday morning, with the warning extending through 9 a.m.in north-central and far northern IL, and through noon across the remainder of the Chicago area, including the City of Chicago.

"We are getting more snow today, tomorrow and Sunday than we have normally gotten in the last two winters in any one period of time", Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a Friday news conference, adding that the city's top priority is the safety of residents.

Schools in Detroit shut for the day along with Wayne State University in Detroit and other schools across MI.

Schools in Chicago and MI announced cancellations ahead of Winter Storm Mateo. Driving conditions will be hazardous, if not impossible, in areas stretching past Cleveland. About 50 miles could be the difference between a foot of snow and very little to nothing, the weather service said. Classes were also canceled in the city's suburbs.





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