Winter storm dumps snow on Chicago, Milwaukee

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Posted: Jan 20, 2012 4:28 PM

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) - A winter storm dumping snow across the Midwest Friday is causing disruption and travel delays in Chicago and Milwaukee.

The snowstorm is expected to drop 1 to 8 inches of snow from the Dakotas to the lower Great Lakes, according to weather.com. Chicago is predicted to be hardest hit among the big cities, with up to 7 inches, followed by Milwaukee and Cleveland with up to 5 inches.

The snow led to the cancellation of 370 flights at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports, according to the city's aviation department. Several smaller school districts outside of Milwaukee have cancelled after-school programs.

The snow is expected to push into the northeast, with up to six inches of the white stuff expected from Pennsylvania through central Maine Saturday, and up to four inches in New York City, according to the website.

In Washington state, which has seen unusually heavy snow Tuesday through Thursday, two climbers and two campers are missing in Mount Rainier National Park. Searches have been suspended Friday afternoon because of the weather, which includes 40 mph winds, poor visibility, and thick fog.

The Puget Sound region continued to see scattered power outages Friday, affecting about 275,000 customers. Seattle is preparing for possible flooding, with crews clearing storm drains of snow and debris.

The city of Tacoma's Narrows Bridges are closed due to large chunks of falling ice.

On Friday morning, Corvallis, Oregon police rescued a woman from on top of her car, which had been swept off the roadway.

An 18-year-old mother and her 20-month-old son were killed Wednesday night when their car was swept out of a grocery store parking lot and into a swollen creek in Albany, about 70 miles south of Portland.

(Reporting By Laura Myers, Brendan O'Brien, Mary Wisniewski and Teresa Carson; Editing by Tim Gaynor)