Total weekend snow accumulation could reach 12 inches

Total weekend snow accumulation could reach 12 inches

"Snow will make weather headlines from the greater Chicago metro area to Detroit on Friday, with winter storm warnings in effect", the National Weather Service said.

The National Weather Service Chicago warned on Twitter that more snow storms are developing across Northwestern Illinois, and will drift eastward across much of Northeastern Illinois and Northwestern Indiana on Friday afternoon.

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 National Weather Service said heavy snow is forecast to move into upstate NY and New England by early Saturday, Reuters reported.

Schools were closed in both cities and multiple auto crashes were reported on icy roads.

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.

In Michigan, forecasters were predicting six to nine inches this weekend for Detroit's Wayne County and Ann Arbor's Washtenaw County, according to the Detroit Free Press. "I saw the plows come by, so I figured I'd get a jump on it so I wouldn't have to shovel it when it's 4 feet high".

Students in the Milwaukee Public School District - Wisconsin's largest school district - have Friday off. Schools across Nebraska and Iowa closed or delayed the start of classes. By early Friday, more than 100 flights were canceled at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan. CPS officials said Friday morning they expected classes to resume Monday.

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

About 980 flights were canceled at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and more than 300 flights were canceled at Midway, the Chicago Department of Aviation reported Friday morning.

Four major USA airlines - Delta, United, Frontier and Southwest - issued weather waivers for passengers, allowing travelers to change their reservations without incurring fees.

Some courts and government offices shut down, joining schools in the path of the storm that closed for the day in Illinois, Indiana and MI.

The Des Moines Register reported that three to seven inches of snow fell in northern Iowa Friday morning.

The central and northern Rockies also will see heavy snow, the weather service said.

AAA Michigan recommended that drivers stay off the road if possible.

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