The National Weather Service (NWS) ended blizzard warnings early on Monday in northeast Missouri through the Chicago metropolitan area and northeast into Michigan, but noted strong winds of up to 45 miles per hour (72 kph) would continue to blow around drifts of the snow accumulated overnight.
"Snow will continue to taper off to flurries and then end this morning," the NWS Chicago office said in a statement, warning drivers to be cautious on slippery roads with low visibility.
"My first Chicago snow began with a huge snow/ice block falling off a train and hitting me on the shoulder," Latisha Ellison, who works in public relations, said in a post on Twitter. "Happy Monday!"
Dozens of school districts in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and Kansas canceled classes due to the weather. Chicago public schools were open.
The storm canceled 1,270 flights on Sunday, a busy day for travelers trying to get home after the Thanksgiving weekend.
On Monday morning, more than 700 flights to and from O'Hare had been canceled, about one-quarter of all scheduled flights, according to the FlightAware flight tracking service. (Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee and Jonathan Allen in New York; Editing by Frances Kerry and Jeffrey Benkoe)
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