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10 February 2018, 06:46 | Damon Campbell
Snowfall total by Saturday morning if the snow to water ratio is 15 to 1 of water
Thursday evening running through Friday night, a Winter Storm Watch has been scheduled to go into effect for most of the metro area issued by the National Weather Service.
The Latest on a winter storm affecting parts of the U.S.
About 800 flights have been canceled in the Chicago area as heavy snowfalls hit the US Midwest overnight, media reported on Friday.
Schools were closed in both cities and multiple vehicle crashes were reported on icy roads.
Airlines also have cancelled hundreds of flights at O'Hare and Midway airports.
The National Weather Service said the system could drop up to 14 inches (36 cm) of snow in some areas. Snow across southern and central MI ranged from 7 inches on the western side of the state to more than 2 inches in the Detroit area.
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.
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Thousands of children got a rare snow day off school after school districts in Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee canceled classes. Eight inches was reported in parts of northern IL and up to about 6 inches was reported the Chicago area. As of 9:30 a.m., more than 740 flights have been cancelled on Friday at O'Hare, and more than 280 have been cancelled on Friday at Midway.
Some outer suburbs of the Chicago metropolitan area had already reached or were near nine inches of snow Friday afternoon.
Meteorologist Heather Orow said this morning the storm is "generally going to be an issue for travel".
The expectation of up to 12 inches around Chicago prompted officials to close the city's public schools to about 390,000 students today.
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