Hundreds of flights cancelled as winter storm Bella sweeps through Chicago

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Hundreds of flights cancelled as winter storm Bella sweeps through Chicago.

A bicyclist navigates Grand River Avenue in Detroit approaching downtown Detroit during a morning snow storm that hit the area on Feb. 5, 2015. A winter storm dumped nearly 20 inches of snow on parts of the Upper Midwest Saturday, disrupting travel across the region after giving many areas their first major accumulation of the season. Winter weather advisories were posted for much of Lower Michigan and far northern Indiana, including Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing, according to the National Weather Service. The heaviest snowfall rates are expected late Saturday afternoon through the evening, where snowfall totals up to or in excess of 5 inches are possible.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation issued a no-travel advisory due to weather midday Friday for a large area across the southeastern portion of the state. “A lot of people complaining about it, nobody wants to be out in it,” Bret Brown, a cashier at Roadway Express truck stop in Sioux Falls told the Associated Press. “Interstates are down to 10 miles per hour, the side streets are blocked and there’s a lot of cars in ditches everywhere.” Multiple traffic accidents were reported on roadways in some cities. Even on Sunday and Monday, scattered snowstorms are possible as the temperatures stay below the 30s, meaning the snow “is not going to melt off really quick,” Elliott added.

The snowfall is “right on track” for the season, said Richard Otto, lead forecaster at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Prediction Center.

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