Travelers impacted by delays, cancellations from Midwest snowstorm

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With Thanksgiving now over, millions of people across the nations are returning home.

With Sunday and Monday being big days for travelers heading home, many airports were packed, but not everyone who showed up was able to get back to their final destination.

A winter storm in the Midwest has left many travelers stranded as ice and snow cause dangerous conditions. Thousands of flights were delayed and more than 1000 canceled on Sunday with more cancellations and delays expected Monday.

The wintry storm is battering much of the Midwest early Monday, bringing blizzard-like conditions that have grounded hundreds of flights and closed major highways at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend.

The Chicago Department of Aviation reported early Monday that average departure delays at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport are 77 minutes, and the flight-tracking website FlightAware reported that more than 350 flights headed to or from the U.S. were canceled.

Heavy snow was expected to continue through the early hours of Monday with up to a foot (30 centimeters) of snow expected in Chicago, including wind gusts of up to 50 mph (80 kph) likely to cause whiteout conditions, according to The National Weather Service.

Parts of southeastern Wisconsin, just north of Chicago, suffered a glancing blow from the storm, with about 9 inches (23 centimeters) of blowing and drifting snow.

Forecasters predict more than a foot of snow is likely in southeast Nebraska, northeast Kansas, northwest Missouri and southwest Iowa. Downed tree limbs and power lines will continue to cause power outages.

In Kansas, a large stretch of Interstate 70, spanning much of the state, was closed between Junction City and WaKeeney on Sunday, and Gov. Jeff Colyer declared a state of emergency.

Separately, a portion of Interstate 29 was shut down due to heavy snow in Missouri, near the Iowa border.

Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are in effect from central Missouri into eastern Michigan.

***The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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