A plow clears snow from road 438 in Douglas County near Lawrence, Kan., On Sunday. The area is under a…
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A snow storm has created whiteout conditions over Kansas on Sunday, which led to snow storms, as it was expected to travel north through Midwest and into New England this week, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm caused major cancellations at Kansas City and Chicago airports, during a weekend the AAA projected would see the highest travel volume in more than a dozen years when people return home after Thanksgiving.
The storm continues in northwestern Missouri, northern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin before heading to New England, which causes dangerous snowstorm conditions in its path, says NWS.
More than 1 270 flights nationwide were interrupted on Sunday. Nearly 5,000 more have been delayed until Monday morning.
Chicago Airport, a hub for the entire Midwest, saw mass closures – 801 arrived and outbound flights were canceled on Sunday, with more than 300 other delayed.
Newsweek reports, however, that it set a daily snowfall record of 5.3 inches in Kansas City and noted that the previous record of 3.9 inches was set in 1895.
“National Weather Service said Kansas City International Airport received 5, 3 inches, but totally varied throughout the region “, reports the KCUR Member State.
“The Blizzard Warning, as NWS said was the first in Kansas City since January 31, 2011, stretched south from the Missouri State Line to Olathe, westward beyond Topeka and east to Macon, Missouri.”
The storm closed 235 miles of Interstate 70 in Kansas for several hours on Sunday, as well as a portion of Interstate 29 from Mound City, Missouri, to the state border with Iowa.
On Sunday afternoon, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer declared an emergency. “We strongly recommend setting up travel plans,” said the Republican in a statement and noted winning winds and whiteout conditions.
The Kansas Division of Emergency Management has received several reports of drivers who leave vehicles stuck in the snow.
“Road workers are not allowed to see you because of visibility issues. Stay in your vehicle,” Colyer said.
According to the statement, the Kansas National Guard has sent nine stranded motorists’ assistance teams throughout the state.
Other snow figures throughout the state are still being measured, reports Kansas City Star. Preliminary data from NWS states that different parts of the state received between 2 and 12 inches of snow.
Over 67,000 power outages occurred throughout Kansas thanks to powerful windings above 55 mph which hit down power lines with Atchison, Leavenworth and Ottawa the hardest hit areas, according to KCUR.
When the storm passed through Kansas on Sunday night, the National Weather Service was lifted by snow storms from the state and declared them in parts of northeast Missouri including St. Louis, northern Illinois, including Chicago and southeast Wisconsin.
The NWS project storms will move northeast and dump heavy snow across the Great Lakes to New England during the first half of the week.