Latest Midwest snow wave delays flights, makes driving tough - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Latest Midwest snow wave delays flights, makes driving tough

CHICAGO (AP) - A winter storm that moved across the Upper Midwest over the weekend ended Sunday after delivering a ninth consecutive day of snowfall in Chicago, and snow and freezing rain in Michigan and Indiana.

After 10 inches of snow fell in northern Illinois on Friday, another wave of snow moved across the area late Saturday, leaving an additional 3 inches by the time the storm ended Sunday afternoon.

The National Weather Service said Sunday was the ninth consecutive day of "measurable" snowfall in Chicago. Meteorologist Stephen Rodriguez said it ties a record and marks just the third time this has happened since the weather service began keeping records in 1885.

The weather service defines "measurable" as 0.1 inch or more.

The Chicago Department of Aviation said about 215 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport by Sunday afternoon. There were 245 flights canceled at Midway International Airport. That is significantly less than the approximately 1,300 cancellations at the two airports on Friday.

Southwest Airlines, which said it was lacking the fluid it needed to de-ice planes, canceled its flights departing Midway on Sunday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

In Detroit, city road crews worked back-to-back 12-hour shifts since Friday morning clearing major roads. An army of private contractors was hired to plow snow off more than 1,880 miles of side streets, the city said Sunday.

In western Michigan, a stretch of U.S. 131 in Grand Rapids was closed for about an hour late Sunday morning following multiple vehicle crashes. No injuries were reported.

The Indianapolis Star reported that the Indiana Department of Homeland Security reported restrictions in 26 counties Sunday and that routine travel or other activities may be restricted in some areas.

Icy roads were blamed for several crashes along highways in the Fort Wayne, Indiana, area, according to WANE-TV.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • National, world weatherWeather and disaster coverageMore>>

  • SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS: Tornadoes

    SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS: Tornadoes

    Source: ViewerSource: Viewer

    As part of the NWS’ Severe Weather Awareness Week, WAFB wants you to know more about: Tornadoes.

    More >>

    As part of the NWS’ Severe Weather Awareness Week, WAFB wants you to know more about: Tornadoes.

    More >>
  • Volcanic blast reshaped summit of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung

    Volcanic blast reshaped summit of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 2:12 AM EST2018-02-20 07:12:16 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 4:38 PM EST2018-02-23 21:38:20 GMT
    (AP Photo/Sarianto). School children walk as Mount Sinabung erupts in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra has shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 fe...(AP Photo/Sarianto). School children walk as Mount Sinabung erupts in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra has shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 fe...
    Volcanologists say the eruption of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung that shot ash 5 kilometers (3 miles) high also "completely annihilated" the mountain's summit.More >>
    Volcanologists say the eruption of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung that shot ash 5 kilometers (3 miles) high also "completely annihilated" the mountain's summit.More >>
  • Some fear California drought cuts could erase water rights

    Some fear California drought cuts could erase water rights

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 2:01 AM EST2018-02-20 07:01:58 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 4:38 PM EST2018-02-23 21:38:01 GMT
    (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File). FILE - This Sept. 3, 2015, file photo shows a dried-out lawn at Los Angeles City Hall, with a sign explaining that irrigation has been shut off due to the ongoing drought. California water managers will vote Tuesday, Feb. 20, ...(AP Photo/Nick Ut, File). FILE - This Sept. 3, 2015, file photo shows a dried-out lawn at Los Angeles City Hall, with a sign explaining that irrigation has been shut off due to the ongoing drought. California water managers will vote Tuesday, Feb. 20, ...

    The restrictions would include prohibitions on watering lawns so much that the water flows into the street, using a hose to wash down sidewalks, or using a hose without an automatic shut-off nozzle to wash cars.

    More >>

    The restrictions would include prohibitions on watering lawns so much that the water flows into the street, using a hose to wash down sidewalks, or using a hose without an automatic shut-off nozzle to wash cars.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly