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Holiday travelers were facing delays and cancellations at both of Chicago's major airports as a winter storm moved into the area on Sunday.

In eastern Nebraska, part of Interstate 80 between Lincoln and Omaha was closed Sunday morning because of multiple accidents after snow covered that area.

Check flight schedules if you have travel plans.

The Chicago Department of Aviation reported early Monday that average departure delays at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport are 77 minutes, and the flight-tracking website FlightAware reported that more than 350 flights headed to or from the US were canceled. Another 44 flights were canceled out of Chicago Midway Airport.

The Chicago area was slammed with up to 30 centimetres of wet snow, and whiteout conditions stalled commuter traffic on the roads.

And an approximately 60-mile stretch of Interstate 70 in Kansas has been closed, according to a tweet from the state's Department of Transportation, from WaKeeney to Russell. Baileyville, Kansas, notched 10 inches and 7 inches fell in Salina, Kansas. Most people were able to leave late last night.

Almost 20 million people were under a high-wind advisory.

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As of Monday morning, several schools in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and IL have been forced to close as a result of the snow.

The storm was bringing winds from 48kph to 56kph, with gusts of up to 72kph to 80kph. Streets were dark, and many were without power, he said.

The National Weather Service's Topeka office posted a video of near-blizzard conditions.

"It's going to be messy", said Todd Kluber, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service who is based in suburban Chicago.

It's going to be a sloppy drive and unsafe at times this morning and most of the day due to blowing snow even when the moisture begins to cut off. Temps in the mid 30s falling to the low 30s with winds NNW 10-20 miles per hour gusting to 30 miles per hour at times.

"The winter storm that has dropped over a foot of snow across the Mississippi Valley northward into the Upper Great Lakes will begin winding down later this morning [November 26]", the service said in a forecast. Dozens of schools in MI are also closed in the Owosso Public Schools, Durand Area Schools, Waterbrook Christian Academy in Genesee Township, New Lothrop Public Schools, and North Huron Schools in Huron County areas, reports M-Live.


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