Portions of Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri saw whiteout conditions overnight and into Sunday morning due to a strong winter storm that's bringing widespread snow.
This is not a storm to mess with, as it causes risky conditions on the roads while dumping so-called "heart attack snow", which is very wet, heavy, and hard to shovel.
Passengers sit as they wait for their flight at O'Hare airport in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018.
From the National Weather Service: A Blizzard Warning means that severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring.
Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer has already issued a State of Disaster Emergency declaration in response to the winter storm, which has forced the closure of several roads and power outages across several counties, reports KSHB. Flight-tracking website FlightAware reports more than 1,200 flights headed to or from the USA were canceled on one of the busiest travel days of the year. The National Weather Service was warning those conditions would make travel hard in places.
"It's going to be messy", said Todd Kluber, a National Weather Service meteorologist, hinting that the area could see even more blizzard-like conditions.
A system arriving in the region Sunday night could dump 5 to 8 inches of heavy, wet snow through Monday afternoon.
The flight-tracking website FlightAware had reported earlier that 875 flights headed to or from the US were cancelled. Parts of Interstate 80 between Lincoln and Omaha in eastern Nebraska were closed at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, as a result of multiple accidents on the snow-covered road. All motorists should plan accordingly for conditions to deteriorate throughout the day Sunday, with heavy snow, high winds, limited visibility and much longer travel times anticipated. Cities more north like Flint and Saginaw could see more than 6 inches. That included semitrailers jackknifed across the highway.
As of Sunday morning, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, a major travel hub, had reported 189 flight cancellations and Midway International Airport had reported an additional 19 canceled flights, according to WGN.
The storm also made holiday travel treacherous on the roads and miserable for air travelers in the Midwest starting over the weekend and continuing into Monday.
Despite temperatures around 38 in La Salle-Peru, those temperatures are forecast to fall, as is heavy snow - with Mendota forecast to receive more than Peru and Peru forecast to receive more than Streator. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely unsafe.