Heavy snow across Midwest, including Chicago, complicates post-Thanksgiving travel | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Heavy snow across Midwest, including Chicago, complicates post-Thanksgiving travel

Holiday travelers in the Upper Midwest scrambled Sunday to make it home ahead of a major winter storm bringing heavy snow, strong winds and travel headaches to a wide swath of the region, including Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports.

The storm produced blizzard conditions in the hardest-hit areas Sunday, forecast to be the busiest travel day of the Thanksgiving weekend.

Widespread snow of 6 to 12 inches was expected from the Middle Mississippi Valley to the Great Lakes, the National Weather Service warned. Parts of Illinois experienced whiteout conditions, 45 mph gusts and up to 2 inches of snow per hour.

Heavy snow hit the Chicago Metro area later Sunday, triggering nearly 800 flight cancellations and at least 446 flight delays at O'Hare International Airport, a major hub. Airline delays in or out of Chicago had a ripple effect throughout the nationwide system.

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