Hundreds of flights cancelled as winter storm moves through Midwest

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A wintry storm is battering much of the Midwest early on Monday, bringing blizzard-like conditions that have grounded hundreds of flights and closed major highways at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend. It is also there that numerous flights are canceled.

"It's all part of the Thanksgiving travel experience when you're flying somewhere", McCoy said.

Airlines were forced to cancel or delay almost 6,000 flights on Sunday as a risky winter storm blanketed parts of the Midwest with heavy snow.

One couple was faced with an unexpectedly long layover in Chicago after spending two weeks with their son in Thailand.

Conditions are expected to improve Monday as the storm system moves out, but downed tree limbs and power lines will continue to affect people throughout the day. - The St. Louis metro area is dealing with some strong winds Monday morning.

See the precipitation the Midwest received from the storm, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm is expected to wind down on Monday, though the National Weather Service warned that travel conditions would be rough through the morning in affected areas, including Nebraska, parts of Iowa, Missouri and Kansas.

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.

Illinois State police and LaSalle County emergency management said crews were removing people from their cars by snowmobile and urged people to stay off the roads into Monday, WBBM-TV reported. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported multiple fender-benders but by midmorning on Monday the Department of Transportation said all roads were opened.

Most of the cancellations were of flights departing or arriving at Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway Airport, which combined saw a total of about 900 flights canceled.

By midday, the blizzard warning was extended to parts of eastern IL and Chicago, where snow is forecast to fall at a rate of about 2 inches per hour. Several state and US highways were impassable in Nebraska, but traffic was moving on Interstate 29 in the southwestern corner of Iowa and Interstate 80 in the eastern part of the state, despite a blanket of snow.

Areas north of M-59 are under a Winter Storm Warning until 3 p.m. for 5-8 inches of snow and blowing snow most of the day.

Dozens of school districts in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and Kansas canceled classes due to the weather.