Storm strands US holiday travelers, more than 1,240 flights canceled

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A blizzard crippled travel across much of the nation's midsection Sunday on what normally would be one of the busiest travel days of the year.

According to the statement, the Kansas National Guard has dispatched nine Stranded Motorists Assistance Response Teams throughout the state.

Other crashes were reported across the county on police scanners.

The storm likely will be in the top five in terms of record-breaking November snowfalls, he said.

"It wasn't bad today", said Brian Berg, from Texas.

In Kansas, Gov. Jeff Colyer (R) declared a state of emergency and urged travelers to delay any trips until after the storm passed.

Separately, a portion of Interstate 29 was shut down in Missouri, near the Iowa border.

The band of snow moved more to the south, bringing the heaviest snow to southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri where blizzard warnings were issued.

Travel also was discouraged in northern Missouri.

KCI was advising passengers not to come to the airport if their flights had been canceled.

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Temperatures should drop to the mid 30s Sunday and then dip into the 20s that evening, according to the weather service.

Areas under the warning could see 6 to 8 inches of snow while areas under the advisory could see 3 to 7 inches of snow.

Other parts of central plains and Great Lakes region were under a winter storm warning, that could see a foot or more of snow dumped in some places.

The village of Huntley warned residents Sunday morning to limit travel; give snowplows and salt trucks room to work before, during and after the storm; and obey the village parking ordinance. 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 highest recorded wind gust during the storm was 58 miles per hour Sunday morning at the Russell Municipal Airport according to the National Weather Service.

Officially, Omaha received 1 inch of snow based on readings at Eppley Airfield as did Valley, Nebraska. Right now, the biggest storm on record dropped 12 inches on the city between November 25 and November 26 1895, according to the weather service.

Travel to the west and south was more unsafe, as snow totals were much higher in those areas.

By midday, the blizzard warning had extended to parts of eastern IL near Chicago, where snow is forecast to fall at a rate of about 2 inches per hour.

Several churches canceled services or advised members to use their own judgment before venturing out. As of 6 p.m., seven inches of snow had fallen in north suburban Rockford, breaking the record for the heaviest snowfall in Rockford in November. "It's going to freeze".

"Any surface, whether it is a sidewalk or driveway, will be slick", she said.

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