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Scores of flights canceled as storm pummels US Midwest

Scores of flights canceled as storm pummels US Midwest

CBS 2 Meteorologist Megan Glaros reports the storm now is expected to dump between 5 and 7 inches for most of the Chicago area by Friday afternoon.

As of 9:30 a.m., more than 740 flights have been cancelled on Friday at O'Hare, and more than 280 have been cancelled on Friday at Midway.

A winter storm that pounded the Midwest caused at least two deaths Friday, authorities said, while closing schools and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

Wind chill temperatures were expected to drop below 0 Fahrenheit (-18 C) in many areas across the region on Thursday night and into Friday morning.

Large swathes of the Midwestern United States is gearing up for nearly one foot of snow as a major storm forced schools and government buildings to close while grounding over 1,100 flights throughout the region on Friday.

The Des Moines Register reported that three to seven inches of snow fell in northern Iowa Friday morning.

Winter Storm Warnings have been expanded northward into Iowa and Dane counties overnight until 9 a.m. on Friday morning, and for Jefferson County until noon on Friday.

Snow across southern and central MI ranged from 7 inches on the western side of the state to more than 2 inches so far in the Detroit area. More than 200 flights were cancelled at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan.

Crashes were reported, including a multi-vehicle smashup that closed a stretch of eastbound Interstate 94 near Ann Arbor.

American, United, Delta and Southwest airlines warned travelers to expect more flight cancellations to and from Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Schools in metro Detroit are closed Friday and snow emergencies were declared in six southeastern MI counties. Classes were also canceled in the city's suburbs.

Schools in Detroit shut for the day along with Wayne State University in Detroit and other schools across MI.