"Heart" of winter storm system to hit here this evening/overnight

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Along the shore of Lake Michigan in both Chicago and in, the National Weather Service warned of flooding on Monday and said that waves could reach between 12 to 16 feet along the Cook County shore and 14 to 18 feet along the in shore.

"This is the stronger winter weather system the Kansas City area has seen in quite some time, National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Gitro told the Kansas City Star".

A blizzard and winter storm warning was in effect through 6 a.m. on Monday across northeast Missouri and into southeast Wisconsin and northeast IL, including the greater Chicago area. "We strongly recommend you postpone travel plans due to the conditions if possible".

On Monday, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer issued a state of emergency declaration for the state, according to multiple reports.


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

Further west in Kansas City, which got the brunt of the storm on Sunday, officials warned travelers that morning flights out of Kansas City International Airport were facing cancellations due to aircraft not being able to get in.

A Blizzard Warning remained in effect early Monday from northeast Missouri into southeast Wisconsin and northeast IL, including the Chicago area.

The region could see whiteouts and slick roads throughout Sunday, making travel hard if not impossible at times, Brink said.


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 USA were canceled. "It's pretty treacherous travel conditions", she said. Snowfall totals were expected to be 15cm to 30cm across those areas. The Kansas Department of Transportation tweeted late Sunday that Interstate 70 had reopened statewide but that there could be morning delays, with ice and wind blowing snow over just cleared highways. Wind reports from the Central Plains clocked wind gusts at tropical storm force from 50 to 75 miles per hour from Nebraska to Texas.

By Monday, Brink said, the storm will have moved into the Northeast.

Kansas City was forced to close its airport for four hours and in Chicago, more than 800 flights were cancelled Sunday.


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