February 21, 2011 by USA Post
Minneapolis Airport, (AP) – Hundreds of flights were canceled at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and officials in several states advised people to stay off the roads as a winter storm blew across the Upper Midwest on Sunday. Even before the worst of the storm hit, Delta Airlines canceled about 700 flights to and from the Twin Cities airport and other airlines thinned their schedules, “said spokeswoman Melissa Scovronski airport. She said Sunday afternoon, the storm had closed two of four runways at the airport.
In Detroit, the airline canceled about 230 flights as the airport of the city Metro Wayne County, while more than 200 flights through Chicago O’Hare airport were extinguished. Traffic on roads was not much better. The National Weather Service reported blizzard conditions in western Minnesota and has issued a winter storm warning for the rest of the southern half of the state.
It was part of a storm that stretched from Montana to Michigan and was moving east. The National Weather Service predicted it would bring a mixture of winter in the Upper Midwest for several days.
Weather Service forecasters predicted that the storm would rise from 10 to 15 inches of snow on Minneapolis Monday afternoon, who promised to do for a ride for those who work hard on President’s Day.
“There will be snow in the morning,” said weather service meteorologist James McQuirter. “There will be a trip in disarray.”
A spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Transportation has recommended that people just stay home and watch TV on Sunday afternoon, rather than risk driving in the snow pushed by the wind.
“If people do not need to travel, they should not,” said spokesman Kevin Gutknect. “It’s really hard for people to see.”
The time will not be much better Monday morning, but at least one holiday trip will light more room for snowplows, Gutknecht said. Blowing should be clearing the roads difficult.
Sunday early evening, the weather service reported 9 inches of snow had fallen in Bloomington and a little over 8 inches in Burnsville, two suburbs south of Minneapolis. South Minneapolis reported 6 inches.
St. Paul and several cities in the southern half of the state of emergency declared snow, which usually triggers parking restrictions that make it easier to clean the streets. Minneapolis was not just Sunday night.
As the storm eastward, he also invited the travel warnings in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation warned that roads could become impassable due to a mixture of snow, freezing rain and ice.
In Michigan, state police warned this mixture of snow and freezing rain was expected by Monday noon in the southwestern part of the state. Sunday, WOOD-TV reported that south of U.S. 131 was closed for some time after dozens of vehicles crashed in Mecosta County near Big Rapids.
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