Hundreds of flights canceled as springtime snow pelts Chicago area

Winter Storm Watch in effect for the Chicago area – generally along and north of I 88 and I 290 Saturday

Winter Storm Watch in effect for the Chicago area – generally along and north of I 88 and I 290 Saturday

At noon Saturday a Winter Storm Warning went into effect but it was later downgraded to a Winter Weather Advisory.

Winter weather alerts are in place for the Plains and Midwest on Saturday.

Winter weather has not ended for areas of Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota.

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'As the sun sets, we could see some of this snow start to accumulate on roadways and make for slick travel.

As the storm quickly moves eastward, snow will likely fall across Iowa, and along the border of Wisconsin and IL - with bands of snow likely reaching Milwaukee and Chicago. There is a possibility that 3 to 5 inches of snow falls across Lower Michigan from Holland to Detroit, with 1 to 3 inches being projected just south and north of that line. Another band of rain and even light snow moves in by Sunday night, too.

Snow will move into western NY on Sunday morning.

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The weather service says southern Wisconsin generally averages about an inch of snow in April. Additionally, there could be some locally enhanced snow in parts of southern MI and western NY. And the last time there was any measurable snow in Chicago this late into spring was May 6, 1989 - almost 30 years ago.

Hadley, Minnesota, had about 4 inches of snow as of Saturday afternoon, and Dubuque, Iowa, had 2 inches, CNN meteorologist Gene Norman said.

Wrapped up! Women donned winter coats to fearless the snow in Chicago.

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Blustery winds will enliven the weather situation in that area, with east to northeast winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour, gusting up to 30 miles per hour.

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