CHICAGO (AP) — A winter storm blanketed much of the central Midwest with snow on Sunday at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, bringing blizzard-like conditions that grounded hundreds of flights and forced the closure of major highways on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
"It's going to be messy," said Todd Kluber, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service who is based in suburban Chicago.
With much of the central Plains and Great Lakes region under blizzard or winter storm warnings, more than 1,200 flights headed to or from the U.S. had been canceled as of 9 p.m. Sunday, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.
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Traffic moves west along I-70 on Sunday near Lawrence, Kan. I-70 is closed west of Junction City, Kan.
Heavy traffic is seen Sunday on Interstate 190 near O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.
Travelers walk in Terminal 3 on Sunday at O'Hare airport in Chicago.
Passengers sit as they wait for their flight Sunday at O'Hare airport in Chicago.
A shopper dashes to her car during a blizzard after shopping Sunday at a Walmart in Roeland Park, Kan.
Anthony Walters of Mission, Kan., wipes snow from a vehicle before loading groceries into it Sunday in Roeland Park, Kan.
It was only the third time Kristin Brooker, now living in Los Angeles, had seen snow, so a selfie was in order Sundaywith friend Dominic Francia, who grew up in Kansas City. The pair stopped on their walk around the Country Club Plaza just as the heavy snow began to fall. Both now live in Los Angeles.
Workers carry snow shovels as snow falls Sunday in downtown Kansas City, Mo.
A cardinal perches on snow-covered twigs in Lawrence, Kan., on Sunday.