The Latest: Snow affects flights at Chicago's 2 airports

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Posted: Nov 21, 2015 8:37 AM
The Latest: Snow affects flights at Chicago's 2 airports

CHICAGO (AP) — The latest developments in a storm bringing snow to parts of the Midwest (all times local):

7:40 a.m.

The slow-moving wintry weather is putting a stop to some flights in the Chicago area.

Flight- tracking website FlightAware.com showed Saturday morning that about 250 flights in and out of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport had been canceled. The airport had 4 inches of snow early Saturday.

Midway International Airport, which is in the southeast part of Chicago, only had about 100 departing and arriving flights that had been canceled by Saturday morning.

Snow totals have ranged in northern Illinois from about a foot in Marengo, which is 65 miles northwest of the city, to a rain and snow mix in the city itself.

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6 a.m.

The storm that moved into northern Illinois, Indiana and southern Michigan overnight has dumped up to a foot of snow in some places.

National Weather Service meteorologist Bruce Sullivan says that Marengo, Illinois got 12 inches overnight and snow was still falling. Marengo is about 65 miles northwest of Chicago. New totals were not yet available for the Chicago area although south of the city only an inch fell, while O'Hare airport had 4 inches by midnight Friday. Some north and northwest suburbs had between 4 and 8 inches.

Behind the front, temperatures fell sharply in Iowa and South Dakota. Sioux Falls, South Dakota was a chilly 11 degrees early Saturday morning and Estherville in northern Iowa was 6 degrees with a wind chill of minus 4 degrees, the weather service said.

The snow is expected to continue Saturday through Illinois, Indiana and Michigan but the front will move into Canada by Sunday, the weather service says.

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1 a.m.

The first significant storm of the season was blanketing parts of the Midwest with a foot or more of snow, creating hazardous conditions as some travelers prepared to depart for the Thanksgiving holiday.

While winter has not officially begun, the shovels and snow blowers were out from South Dakota through southern Minnesota, Iowa and southern Wisconsin to northern Illinois and Indiana. The National Weather Service said the snow would continue in Illinois and Indiana on Saturday and move into Michigan. The front will head northeast to Canada late on Saturday and into Sunday.

Parts of South Dakota and Iowa had more than a foot on Friday. Des Moines had recorded 6 inches by late Friday and 4 inches had fallen at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, one of the world's busiest.