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Winter storm: Hundreds of flights canceled in Midwest U.S., snow over Canada

Christian Fernsby |
A winter storm passing through the Midwest and entangling Chicago's O'Hare International Airport has forced hundreds of flights to be canceled or delayed.

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The storm is pushing to the Northeast and could bring a mix of snow and rain to the coastal cities.

Nearly 700 flights in and out of O'Hare were canceled as of Friday night, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

Flights continued to be backed up on Saturday, with more than 200 cancelations and an average of 15-minute delays.

The National Weather Service said the winter storm is expected to continue moving across the Central Plains into the northeast on Saturday, with moderate to heavy snow expected in many parts of the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast.

High winds also hit portions of the Great Plains, with parts of Wyoming experiencing winds of 75 miles per hour, according to the weather service.

A snowfall warning remains in effect for the Greater Toronto Area as a storm that’s expected to bring anywhere from 15 to 20 centimetres of snow Saturday has begun to impact the region.

“Snow will continue widespread across the GTA for the remainder of Saturday,” Global News weather specialist Mike Arsenault said.

The snowfall, combined with gusty winds between 40 to 60 km/h, is expected to result in low visibility throughout the day.

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