Storm strands U.S. holiday travelers, more than 1,240 flights canceled

Winter storm to bring heavy snow and disrupt travel

With much of the central plains and Great Lakes region under blizzard or winter storms warnings, almost 500 flights headed to or from the US had been canceled as of 11 a.m. Sunday, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.

Strong winds and snow are expected to create blizzard conditions across much of Nebraska and parts of Kansas on Sunday. In Lincoln, 3 inches was recorded.

Mid-Michigan's season snowfall totals could double with the first significant winter storm bearing down on the region.

It's possible the exact track of this winter storm may shift a bit north or south, but the last several computer forecast model runs have been moving it further south.

While the west section shut down, the turnpike section remained open as snow was being plowed away near Lawrence on Sunday. Fairbury recorded 8.5 inches of snow with two-foot drifts, she said.

After rain tonight, snow is forecast to begin in Nebraska City after 5 a.m. Sunday morning. State police at noon reported likely blizzard conditions should exist by about 6 p.m. today (Sunday) and into the night. The previous record was 6.6 inches in 1995, the weather service said.

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Travel to the west and south was more risky, as snow totals were much higher in those areas. Officials have asked people not to travel Sunday unless they absolutely have to.

"Please take all necessary precautions, including altering travel plans to leave early or asking yourself if your trip can wait", said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn in a news release from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Holiday travelers were already facing delays and cancellations at both of the city's airports as the storm pushed into the area. But that is set to change later in the day, when the storm reaches the Chicago area. At Kansas City International Airport, almost 200 flights were canceled.

Winds of 25 to 40 miles per hour will make driving conditions "pretty bad" regardless of the snowfall amounts, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Scott Dergan. Other tips include taking it slow, driving with a full tank of gas, wearing a seatbelt and, if an emergency strikes, dialing *999 in the Chicago area for roadway assistance.

Other parts of central plains and Great Lakes region were under a winter storm warning, that could see a foot or more of snow dumped in some places.

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