A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties.
Helena public schools canceled all Friday classes due to the unsafe weather conditions. Check the list here. Slick conditions will impact travel through the night. The ice and snow will continue in upstate NY, western Pennsylvania and into New England.
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United Airlines said on Twitter that waivers were in effect for snow-hit areas this week, allowing travelers to change flights without charges. You can also download our KSNT Storm Track Weather App for free right here. In many of our area municipalities, ordinances prohibit on street parking when there is more than two inches of snow on the ground. Most state courthouses in Cook County, which encompasses Chicago, were closed for the day. All Friday hearings will be rescheduled.
Skids and crashes were reported on the roads in the Chicago and Detroit areas.
The Shedd Aquarium will not open on Friday due to weather.
Flu still on the rise, hospitalizations high, CDC says
There have been 51 deaths in Georgia with 11 of those here in our area - within 100 miles of each other. Ten more children were confirmed dead from the flu last week, bringing the national total to 63.
As of 5 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, the winter storm watch extended from Red Deer County to the entire southern border of Alberta. It may not snow much at all in Newaygo, Mecosta and Isabella Counties. By 6 a.m., the accumulation at both airports was 4.8 at Midway and 4.6 at O'Hare. The Detroit area was in line for 6 to 9 inches (15 to 23 centimetres ).
Winter storm warnings have been issued for most parts of southern Alberta, with up to 50 centimetres of snow expected in some parts of the Rockies.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a Friday morning news conference that the city, its workers and residents are up to it. A storm in February 2015, logging in at 16.2 inches, was the last time Chicago had more than 10 inches of snow in a single storm. By 10 a.m., that total is expected to reach 8 inches, officials said. Areas saw rain Thursday morning, and wet roads have become extremely icy. We'll keep our eyes on things and hopefully start to answer some of those questions in the coming days.
US Senate reaches two-year budget deal to avert govt shutdown
Conservatives do not support a similar increase in domestic funding, and that has been at the heart of the budgetary impasse. Susan Collins was optimistic about the preparedness of the bipartisan group she was been leading for the all-Senate debate.
Craig Lyons of the Post-Tribune contributed.
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