Winter Storm Warning now expires at 7:00 pm

Winter Storm Warning now expires at 7:00 pm

Winter Storm Warning now expires at 7:00 pm

No information on injuries was immediately available.

"Snow will make weather headlines from the greater Chicago metro area to Detroit on Friday, with winter storm warnings in effect", the National Weather Service said.

"Our city is tackling the first major snow storm we have seen in several years - and it's clear that Chicagoans are rising to the challenge", Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.

Forecasts show an 80 percent chance for snow persists on Saturday night and on Sunday as well.

Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester could see from 3 to 6 inches, according to AccuWeather.com, and enough snow will fall around Albany, Burlington and Montreal to create hazardous driving conditions.

Almost 1,000 flights were delayed and another 1,500 canceled at Detroit and Chicago airports. Delays at O'Hare are averaging 35 minutes and less than 15 minutes at Midway. Classes also were canceled in the city's suburbs.

Snow is piling up from a winter storm that's moving across the across the upper Midwest, snarling traffic and closing some freeways.

The winter storm blanketing Chicago has dumped almost 5 inches of snow in Chicago as of early Friday morning, but the latest forecasts are significantly better than yesterday.

The Des Moines Register reported that three to seven inches of snow fell in northern Iowa Friday morning.

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Portions of northern IN were hit hard, with 8 inches reported IN New Carlisle.

About 750 flights were canceled at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and about 300 flights were canceled at Midway, the Chicago Department of Aviation said Friday.

By early Friday, more than 100 flights were canceled at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan.

Some courts and government offices shut down, joining schools in the path of the storm that closed for the day in Illinois, Indiana and MI.

While it isn't too bad the most major delays seem to be flights to Ohio, Illinois especially flights to Chicago and to cities in MI like Kalamazoo, Lansing and Alpena.

According to a NBC5 report, the potential snowstorm will likely start late Thursday and continue into Friday night, acculumating between 5 and 10 inches.

Schools were closed in both cities and multiple auto crashes were reported on icy roads.

Meteorologist Heather Orow said this morning the storm is "generally going to be an issue for travel".

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