Winter Storm Bruce: School Closures, Cancelled Flights

Geneva Stokes
November 27, 2018

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.

By Monday morning, many areas from the Plains to the Midwest will have seen 6 to 10 inches of snow, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

However, heavy snow will still continue through the early hours of Monday morning-with blizzard warnings still in effect through 6am local time from northeast Missouri northward into southeast Wisconsin/northeast IL, including the greater Chicago area. "We strongly recommend that you postpone travel plans, if possible, however, if you must be on the road, make sure your vehicle's emergency kit is stocked, your gas tank is full and your cell phone and charger are with you and someone knows your travel plans".

"The Kansas Department of Transportation has reported multiple road closures due to visibility including I-70 eastbound and westbound from Salina to WaKeeney", Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer said in a statement.

The National Weather Service Quad Cities office posted a video of a weather balloon being released in a blizzard.

Similar problems have also been reported at Kansas City Airport, with the airport experiencing 5.3 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

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Schools in parts of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and IL have already called off classes for Monday.

The storm cancelled 1,270 flights on Sunday, a busy day for travellers trying to get home after the Thanksgiving weekend.

Kluber said the storm was expected to hit the Chicago region sometime Sunday evening. Some areas could receive as much as a foot of snow within the next 24 to 36 hours. "It's pretty treacherous travel conditions", she said.

The weather service posted some snowfall totals on Twitter Sunday night.

By Monday, Brink said, the storm will have moved into the Northeast. As of Monday morning, almost 700 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport, while Midway International Airport reported about 70 flights had been canceled, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

The storm was also bringing wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour throughout northern IL, leading to whiteout conditions on area highways.

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