Chicago gearing up for more rounds of snow

Chicago gearing up for more rounds of snow

Chicago gearing up for more rounds of snow

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The National Weather Service reported 10 inches (25) of snow on the ground Friday afternoon in suburban Chicago and 11 inches (28 centimeters) near South Bend, Indiana.

The snowfall caused dozens of crashes on icy Chicago expressways as residents of the third-biggest USA city struggled to get to work and to dig out from a storm system stretching from western Montana to southern MI.

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

More than 1,000 flights have been canceled at the city's O'Hare and Midway worldwide airports.

The National Weather Service issued winter-weather warnings and advisories across the upper Midwest.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city was gearing up for three more rounds of snow through the weekend.

Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester could see from 3 to 6 inches, according to, and enough snow will fall around Albany, Burlington and Montreal to create hazardous driving conditions.

Portions of northern IN were hit hard, with 8 inches reported IN New Carlisle. More than 200 flights were also canceled Friday morning at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Meteorologist Heather Orow in Grand Rapids, Michigan, says the storm is "generally going to be an issue for travel". The snow that began falling late Thursday afternoon is expected to continue through Friday as the storm moves east. Some of the highest totals are forecast in the Chicago area, northern in and southern MI.

The expectation of up to 12 inches around Chicago prompted officials to close the city's public schools to about 390,000 students today.

United Airlines said on Twitter that waivers were in effect for snow-hit areas this week, allowing travelers to change flights without charges. The central and northern Rockies also will see heavy snow, the weather service said.

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