Flights canceled, schools closed as major snowstorm hits Chicago area

13:37, January 08, 2010      

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More than 500 flights have been canceled, more than 150 schools closed and numerous spin-out accidents reported on expressways Thursday morning as a major snowstorm moved across the Chicago area.

According to the U.S. National Weather Service, anywhere from 7to 12 inches of snow is expected by the time the winter storm warning expires Friday morning. Lingering snowfall through the weekend could leave a total of 13 to 15 inches along the lake from the Wisconsin to Michigan borders by Saturday, the weather service said.

The snow is expected to be light and fluffy, not the heavy, wetkind that induces snow-shoveling heart attacks. The heaviest snows are expected in the city of Chicago, extending to the north.

As of 7:30 a.m. local time, more than 400 flights had been canceled at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and 100 flights scrubbed at Chicago's Midway Airport.

According to local media reports, more than five dozen suburban school districts and individual schools told their students to stay home.

Source: Xinhua
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