"This is the first true snowfall of the season". You might do well to call ahead before leaving for the terminal as the snow storm heads across MI, and more flights could be cancelled or delayed today.
The central and northern Rockies also will see heavy snow, the weather service said. Snow should be over by 9 am again, and will leave the forecast for several days.
Officials are saying it won't be windy, and the snow will be heavy, but the wind directions can change continuously so expect some drifting to be an issue.
"Snow totals for most of us in Metro Detroit will be in the 6-9" range through the evening, with 3-6" expected north of M 59. He says "we're tried and tested here". "We're up to it". Eight inches were reported in parts of northern IL and in New Carlisle in northern Indiana.
In Michigan, forecasters were predicting six to nine inches this weekend for Detroit's Wayne County and Ann Arbor's Washtenaw County, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Hank Stawasz was out shoveling his driveway by hand, clearing a path for the retiree to exit his home in the Detroit suburb of Livonia.
"Snow totals will still come close to a foot, and at this point, I wouldn't be surprised to see a few 15" totals because of how hard it's snowed for so long.
Chicago's two biggest airports, O'Hare and Midway, had hundreds of flight cancellations on Friday - some of which were canceled on Thursday before the storm arrived - because of Mateo, FlightAware reported. By early Friday, more than 100 flights were canceled at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan.
A section of Interstate 94 in southwestern MI was blocked after dozens of vehicles crashed amid heavy snowfall. After a possible break in snowfall Saturday afternoon/evening, yet a third accumulating snow could occur later Saturday night into Sunday.
No information on injuries was immediately available.
Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation Commissioner John Tully said 300 salt-spreading plows hit the streets late Thursday and will continue their work through Friday.