1,000 flights canceled due to major Midwest snowstorm
1,000 flights canceled in midwestern US on Tuesday. Another major winter snowstorm has resulted in more than 1,000 flights canceled in Chicago and Minneapolis.
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The storm was expected to move eastward over the Ohio Valley and then the central Appalachians and mid-Atlantic states on Wednesday, hitting Washington with its biggest snowfall in possibly two years, the National Weather Service said.Skip to next paragraph
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Winter storm warnings were in effect for all or parts of 16 states from the Upper Midwest to the mid-Atlantic on Tuesday, National Weather Service spokesman Chris Vaccaro said.
The storm was forecast to move across Ohio and the Tennessee Valley and merge with a developing storm off the mid-Atlantic states that could produce heavy, wet snow overnight and through Wednesday into the mid-Atlantic states that could bring down trees and power lines, Vaccaro said.
"It will be a wet, heavy, gloppy snow consistent with wallpaper paste," he said.
"We're expecting a sizeable accumulation for Washington DC, where there has not been a storm to produce more than 2 inches of snow since January 2011," Vaccaro said.
North Dakota on Tuesday was digging out from the storm, which caused blowing snow and drifts up to 3 feet high in blizzard conditions in the northwest oil region, a foot of snow near Minot and 15 inches near Grand Forks on Monday.
The North Dakota Transportation Department had lifted a no travel advisory on most roads by Tuesday morning.
Three people were hospitalized from a 25-vehicle chain-reaction crash that closed a stretch of Interstate 70, the Summit County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "None of the injuries were reported to be serious," the statement said.
A second pile-up about 17 miles away on the same interstate involved 29 vehicles, with no reported injuries, the sheriff's office said.