Up to 10 inches of snow expected by Friday evening in Chicago

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The National Weather Service says Friday morning it's received reports of between 9 and 11 inches of snow over a 24-hour period in Fort Dodge, Iowa. A snowfall of 6-9 inches is expected as the storm will continue steadily throughout the day, officials said.

The storm system stretching from western Montana to southern MI could drop up to 14 inches (36 cm) of snow in some areas, the National Weather Service said. About 2.8 inches had fallen in Berkley with under 2 inches in Shelby Township.

Schools in Chicago and MI announced cancellations ahead of Winter Storm Mateo.

Kalamazoo is projected to wind up with eight to ten inches of fresh snow by Friday evening with more snow expected to fall this weekend. You might do well to call ahead before leaving for the terminal as the snow storm heads across MI, and more flights could be cancelled or delayed today.

Dozens of school districts - including the Milwaukee Public School District - were canceled in southern Wisconsin, the AP added.

A major winter storm pounding the U.S. Midwest on Friday forced cancellation of hundreds of flights, as heavy snow and plummeting temperatures threatened to bring travel to a standstill across the region.

Slide-offs and crashes also were reported early Friday. Eight inches were reported in parts of northern IL and in New Carlisle in northern Indiana.

Though the snow will wane off by Friday night, the winter weather won't be done just yet.

A look at the weather for the eastern half of the U.S
A look at the weather for the eastern half of the U.S

Meteorologist Heather Orow in Grand Rapids, Michigan, says the storm is "generally going to be an issue for travel".

Van Buren County as already seen more snow this winter than nearly any other, and Road Commission Manager Larry Hummel says they will get the job done sooner with patience and cooperation from drivers.

While the advisory does not include Livingston County, the Weather Service indicated in a separate advisory that conditions this afternoon could reach advisory criteria.

The City of Sun Prairie issued a snow emergency for beginning at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 and continuing until 12 p.m. (noon) on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

Airlines are warning travelers to expect more flight cancelations Friday.

"The Friday morning rush is gonna be trouble", National Weather Service meteorologist Charles Mott had told the Chicago Tribune.

Public schools in Chicago and Detroit were closed Friday because of the winter storm, city officials announced.

County and city crews will also be putting in a lot of overtime but it may take them a day or two more to get to all the streets, focusing on primary roads and bus routes first.

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