Chicago in the bullseye as heavy winter storms pummel Midwest, Great Lakes

Airport and airplanes in a blizzard

The Chicago Department of Aviation reports Friday morning that about 550 flights were canceled at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and about 230 flights were canceled at Chicago's Midway Airport.

A workman shovels snow from benches as snow from a winter storm falls on Michigan Avenue in Chicago Feb. 9, 2018.

About 1,050 US flights were canceled, with about one in five flights into or out of Chicago and Detroit airports called off, according to FlightAware.com, which tracks airline traffic.

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While it isn't too bad the most major delays seem to be flights to Ohio, Illinois especially flights to Chicago and to cities in MI like Kalamazoo, Lansing and Alpena. Flight cancelations built up quickly - especially at Chicago's O'Hare, one of the nation's busiest airports. Detroit is a busy hub for Delta. The heavy snow will make driving conditions hard during Friday's morning commute, according to the news outlet.

Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation Commissioner John Tully said 300 salt-spreading plows hit the streets late Thursday and would continue their work through the weekend. He says "we're tried and tested here". "I ask everyone to keep exercising good judgment and remain indoors if at all possible, to take the warnings and advisories seriously, and to check on the well-being of family, friends and neighbors". Dangerously cold wind chills up to 35 degrees below zero are likely in the northern Plains, according to the NWS.

Though the snow will wane off by Friday night, the winter weather won't be done just yet.

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Slide-offs and crashes were reported on the roads early today in the Chicago area.

A Divvy bicycle rider deposits his bike in a rental kiosk as a winter storm makes its way through several Midwest states February 9, 2018, in Chicago. Eight inches was reported in parts of northern IL and up to about 6 inches was reported the Chicago area. According to NBC5, Saturday morning will start overcast and chilly before light snow develops late in the afternoon - continuing through late evening between 2 and 3 inches of accumulation.

When all's said and done, forecast models project Buffalo could see 5 to 7 inches of total snowfall by the end of the weekend.

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