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, the AP reports. "It's going to be messy," says Todd Kluber, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. With much of the central plains and Great Lakes region under blizzard or winter storms warnings, roughly 600 flights headed to or from the US were canceled as of 2pm Sunday, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware. Most were supposed to be routed through Chicago or Kansas City—areas forecast to be hit hard by the storm. About 14 million people are in the blizzard-warning area, per CNN. For more:
- Strong winds and snow created blizzard conditions across much of Nebraska and parts of Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri. The National Weather Service was warning those conditions would make travel difficult in places.