The Latest: Hundreds of flights in Chicago canceled

The Latest: Hundreds of flights in Chicago canceled
A deicing agent is applied to a SkyWest airplane before its takeoff, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings from the Dakotas, across the Great Lakes states and into New England. The weather service at one point warned that conditions in New England over the weekend "could approach blizzard criteria." Ice was also a possibility in some areas in the storm's path. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a winter storm in the Midwest and New England (all times local):

9:15 a.m.

People throughout parts of the Midwest have awakened to a heavy and steady fall of snow that’s forced the cancellation of hundreds of airline flights and made driving dangerous.

More than 460 flights were canceled Saturday morning at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. Chicago’s Midway International Airport also canceled about 50 flights.

In the Detroit area, many motorists were moving well below posted speed limits along freeways due to slushy conditions.

The snowfall is part of a wall of hazardous weather trekking from the Dakotas, across the Great Lakes states and into New England. The National Weather Service has warned that conditions in the Northeast “could approach blizzard criteria.”

The storm is expected to bring between up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow to the Midwest before walloping the Northeast on Sunday.

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12:15 a.m.

A winter storm is inching its way toward New England after dumping snow and slowing travel for residents in the Midwest and Plains states.

The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings for the weekend from the Dakotas, across the Great Lakes states and into the Northeast. Forecasters at one point said that conditions in New England “could approach blizzard criteria.”

Authorities in Omaha, Nebraska, on Friday closed Eppley Airfield after freezing rain caused a Southwest Airlines flight to slide off a runway. No one was injured.

The Chicago Department of Aviation reported more than 300 flights at O’Hare and Midway airports were canceled as of Friday evening.

The storm was expected to bring up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow to the Midwest before walloping the Northeast on Sunday. In New York City, the worst of the storm is expected from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.