Heavy snow hammers US Midwest after holiday weekend

Nov 26 (Reuters) - Commuters in Chicago and across the Midwest faced inches of heavy, wet snow as they headed back to work on Monday after the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with the storm knocking out power, icing roads and canceling some flights.

The National Weather Service ended blizzard warnings early on Monday in northeast Missouri through the Chicago metropolitan area and northeast into Michigan, but noted strong winds of up to 45 miles per hour (72 kph) would continue to blow around drifts of the snow accumulated overnight.

"Snow will continue to taper off to flurries and then end this morning," the service's Chicago office said in a statement, warning drivers to take extra caution on slippery roads in low visibility.

"The drive into work was NASTY," Diane Pathieu, an ABC7 Chicago news anchor, wrote on Twitter of her pre-dawn commute. "Roads barely plowed, wind blowing snow everywhere. Proceed with caution!"

See photos from the storm: 

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Heavy traffic is seen on Interstate 190 near O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. A winter storm is expected to dump snow across the Midwest, on one of the busiest travel days of the year. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Snow Warning signs mark an entrance to the Kansas Turnpike near Lawrence, Kan., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. The turnpike section of I-70 remains open. I-70 is closed west of Junction City, Kan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Pedestrians walk as snow falls Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in downtown Kansas City, Mo. 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. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Rows of corn stalks stand in blowing snow north of Nebraska City, Neb., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. Blizzard-like conditions have closed highways and delayed air travel as a winter storm moves through the Midwest. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 26: Residents in Humboldt Park dig out after an early winter snowstorm dumped several inches snow on the neighborhood on November 26, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The storm, which started yesterday morning with rain turning to snow, dumped upwards to a foot of snow in Chicago and the surrounding area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Covered in plastic bags, Lyubov Menkevich walks near the Palatine Trails in the snow on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Palatine, Ill. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 26: Residents in Humboldt Park dig out after an early winter snowstorm dumped several inches snow on the neighborhood on November 26, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The storm, which started yesterday morning with rain turning to snow, dumped upwards to a foot of snow in Chicago and the surrounding area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A woman shovels snow around her stuck car during a snowstorm in Arlington Heights, Illinois, U.S. November 26, 2018. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
A snow plow truck clears the streets in Des Plaines, Illinois, U.S. November 26, 2018. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
Workers carry snow shovels as snow falls Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in downtown Kansas City, Mo. 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. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
A pedestrian walks as snow falls Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in downtown Kansas City, Mo. 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. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Snow builds on road signs near Lawrence, Kan., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. I-70 is closes from Junction City, Kan., to Wakeeney, Kan., due to low visibility. The area is in a blizzard warning. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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North of Chicago, the city of Evanston's police department said in a statement its power had been knocked out by the storm, although it was still able to receive 911 calls.

Dozens of school districts in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and Kansas canceled classes due to the weather. Chicago public schools were expected to open.

The storm canceled 1,270 flights on Sunday, a busy day for travelers trying to get home after the Thanksgiving weekend.

Related: Look back at Winter Storm Avery hitting the East Coast: 

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Winter Storm Avery hits the U.S.
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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 15: Snow falls as a women walks accross the plaza at the U.S.Capitol, on November 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. A winter storm advisory has been issued for the D.C. with moderate to heavy snow and sleet that could accumulate 1 to 2 inches. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 15: Snow falls on the plaza at the U.S.Capitol, on November 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. A winter storm advisory has been issued for the D.C. with moderate to heavy snow and sleet that could accumulate 1 to 2 inches. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 15: A women walks across the Capitol plaza as snow falls, on November 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. A winter storm advisory has been issued for the D.C. with moderate to heavy snow and sleet that could accumulate 1 to 2 inches. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 15: A U.S. Capitol Police Officer patrols the Capitol plaza as snow falls on November 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. A winter storm advisory has been issued for the D.C. with moderate to heavy snow and sleet that could accumulate 1 to 2 inches. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
A tour bus is towed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, after it overturned on an icy highway in northern Mississippi. DeSoto County sheriff's deputy Alex Coker said the tour bus carrying about 50 people overturned just after midday Wednesday south of Memphis, Tennessee. The crash came as a winter storm has been raking parts of the South. The county coroner, Josh Pounders, says two people are confirmed dead in the crash where Interstate 269 meets with Interstate 22. He says that the injured have been taken to area hospitals, some in critical condition. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)
Richard Reichel shovels snow in front of his home on West Sixth Street in Erie, Pa., on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. A lake effect storm dumped 6.6 inches of snow on the city of Erie with additional accumulation expected throughout the day. (Jack Hanrahan/Erie Times-News via AP)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 15: White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley takes careful steps while returning to the West Wing as snow and sleet from Winter Storm Avery covers the ground at the White House November 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. After moving through the Midwest, the storm is dropping a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain, forcing schools to close or delay opening in the Washington, DC, area. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
A person walks across Independence Mall during a snow storm in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A flamingo lawn ornament is covered with slushy snow after an overnight storm in East Derry, N.H., Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Southern New Hampshire received about five inches of snow before turning to rain later in the day. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Richard Burst clears snow from his driveway Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 in St. Louis. "All I really need to accomplish are two lanes for my car," he said. Much of the region had at least 4 inches of snow and forecasters expect about 1 inch or 2 inches more will fall by the time it tapers off around noon Thursday. (Robert Cohen /St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
A pedestrian makes her way through wintry weather in Mt. Holly, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. A mix of rain, sleet and snow started falling late Thursday morning in southern areas and was expected to soon move across the state. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Snow falls on trailers during a storm, Thursday night, Nov. 15, 2018, in Lawrence, Mass. Trailers have been set up to shelter people displaced from their homes due to gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley two months ago. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
People walk on Independence Mall during a snow storm in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A person walks in view of Independence Hall as snow falls in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A delivery man makes his way through wintry weather in Mt. Holly, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. New Jerseyans are dealing with their first taste of wintry weather this season. A mix of rain, sleet and snow started falling late Thursday morning in southern areas and was expected to soon move across the state. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A young buck forages for food during a snow storm, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Marple Township, Pa. Pennsylvanians are dealing with their first taste of wintry weather this season. A mix of rain, sleet and snow had started falling across some areas of the state by late Thursday morning. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Visitors stand in a wet snowfall at the 9/11 Memorial, Thursday Nov. 15, 2018, in New York. One of the first big storms of the season moved across the eastern half of the country Thursday, causing deadly traffic crashes and closing schools as it dropped snow as far south as central Alabama. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Traffic was backed up due to the snow on Rt. 61 in Pottsville, Pa., on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 15, 2018. The wintry weather was barreling eastward Thursday, with snow and ice expected from Ohio and the Appalachian Mountains through Washington, D.C., New York and New England. (Jacqueline Dormer/Republican-Herald via AP)
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That included about 900 flights to and from Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway Airport and almost 200 flights at Kansas City International Airport.

On Monday morning, about 500 flights to and from O'Hare had been canceled, about 17 percent of all scheduled flights, according to the FlightAware flight tracking service. (Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee and Jonathan Allen in New York Editing by Sunil Nair, Louise Heavens and Frances Kerry)

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