A massive winter storm that halted all flights in and out of Chicago’s O’Hare airport for hours was expected to produce moderate to heavy snow and dangerous travel conditions over much of the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast into Sunday.
The National Weather Service warned of a “widespread footprint of heavy snows” up to a foot as the storm spread into central and northern New England.
“This storm has the potential to produce widespread hazardous conditions across much of the northeastern quarter of the nation over the next day and a half,” the weather service said.
Winter storm warnings were in effect in parts of upstate New York, Massachusetts and northern Connecticut, including some Boston suburbs to the west and northwest.
Snow was forecast along the Interstate 95 corridor from Washington to Boston on Saturday, shifting to freezing rain and some sleet, with most precipitation south of New York City expected to end by Saturday night.
A swath from Northern Rhode Island to northeastern Massachusetts was expected to get from 2 to 4 inches of snow through Sunday afternoon, according to the NWS in Boston.
As the storm hovered over the nation’s mid-section, up to 7 inches of snow had accumulated in parts of Iowa by Friday night and up to 5 inches fell in parts of central Nebraska, western Iowa and Missouri.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Doug Stanglin