Storm Halts Midwest Flights, Heads for Washington, D.C.

By: Thje AP
By: Thje AP

CHICAGO (AP) -- One Chicago woman says she "thought it was just media hype."

But the storm that's brought a blast of wet snow to the city appears to be living up to the advance warnings. It's expected to dump more snow than Chicago has seen since the 2011 blizzard.

It's barreling through Illinois on its way toward the nation's capital, where it is expected to arrive late tonight.

In western Wisconsin this morning, a semi-trailer slid off a snow-covered interstate and into a river, killing one person. Authorities have been searching for a second person believed to have been a passenger.

Airlines canceled more than 1,100 flights at Chicago airports today. And airlines along the storm's projected path are also cutting flights -- including hundreds at Dulles and Reagan National airports in the Washington area.

In Chicago, officials have been working to keep Lake Shore Drive safe. A blizzard in February of 2011 shut down the lakefront highway at rush hour, stranding hundreds of cars and buses and trapping passengers overnight.

UNDATED (AP) -- A late-winter storm is barreling through the Midwest and will soon take aim at busy airports around Washington, D.C.

More than 1,200 flights had been canceled by late morning, almost all of them at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports.

Airlines are looking one day ahead. They've already canceled about 450 flights tomorrow, mostly at Dulles and Reagan National airports in the Washington area, according to tracking service

Chicago works to keep iconic roadway safe in snow

CHICAGO (AP) -- Officials in Chicago are working to keep Lake Shore Drive safe in the middle of a snowstorm.

Chicago could get up to 10 inches of snow. Officials are trying to avoid a repeat of two years ago, when a blizzard stranded hundreds of people on the world-famous road.

Among the new procedures, officials have opened a removable barrier in the median of the four-lane roadway running along the Lake Michigan shorefront.

Plows and salt-spreading trucks are in easier striking distance of Lake Shore Drive. And they started treating the roadway hours before snow began falling.

Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams told reporters he expects a tough afternoon commute. But he says plows will be freer to move around overnight to get roads clear by morning.

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