For many areas, this will be a long-duration winter storm event that lasts more than 12 hours and perhaps as long as 48 hours in some cases. Over the central states alone, snow will fall on more than a 1,000-mile-long west-to-east swath.
Airline passengers in the central U.S. hubs from Denver to St. Louis, Cincinnati and Chicago can expect direct impacts due to snow with flight delays, changes and cancellations. Indirect impacts on flights can occur in Detroit, Minneapolis and Dallas and other smaller regional airports as crews and aircraft are displaced.
Heavy snow arrived in St. Louis early Friday afternoon, causing significant travel disruptions for the Friday evening commute. Some motorists were stuck on I-44 for hours due to widespread accidents and snow-covered highways.
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