DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The first major snowstorm to hit the Midwest this season is sweeping across the region, shuttering schools and creating dangerous driving conditions.
Forecasters are warning that heavy snowfall coupled with strong winds will create blizzard conditions Thursday from Kansas to Wisconsin. The weather is also threatening to cause delays at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, the nation's second-busiest airport, ahead of the busy holiday weekend. Nebraska's largest school district canceled classes because of heavy overnight snow, as did many districts across Iowa, where drivers are being told to stay off the roads because of whiteout conditions. In the Wayne area, winds are expected to remain between 20 and 25 mph with highs expected in the lower 20s. No new snow accumulation is expected after this morning.