Storm forecast: Up to 9 inches of snow for northern Illinois

Snow is moving through the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast on Wednesday morning

This storm will snarl the morning commute on Friday.

The storm system stretching from western Montana to southern MI could drop up to 14 inches (36 cm) of snow in some areas, the National Weather Service said. Kurt Kotenberg, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines, told the Register that most of the snow fall in the morning hours fell along Highway 20.

"This storm system is different".

The Weather Channel is warning that a huge swath of the Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic, and New England will get hit later today with more ice, snow, and eventual icy-snowy-rain (that's a real meteorological term, we swear).

About 1,050 USA flights were canceled, with about one in five flights into or out of Chicago and Detroit airports called off, according to FlightAware.com, which tracks airline traffic.

Airlines warned of more cancelations to come at neighboring airports, and allowed passengers to change flight reservations without fees.

Rain will fall along the coast in the Northeast but inland areas will receive heavy snow
ABC News Rain will fall along the coast in the Northeast but inland areas will receive heavy snow

Caprisha Perteete told CBS News' Dean Reynolds about her travel woes in the storm. "My auto was actually stuck in the driveway, and then we got here and my flights been delayed about an hour".

Other airlines had also begun to cancel flights, FlightAware's data showed.

Most schools are closed. See full list here.

"Please remember with all of the school closings that there will be lots of kids playing in the snow and they may not be watching!" Angela Lekkas took her children sledding in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. "Road conditions are abysmal", she said, adding she'll take the train to make her way around the city Friday. "This is the first true snowfall of the season".

The Illinois Department of Transportation also has deployed about 370 plows in the Chicago area to clear local expressways.

The City of Chicago has deployed its full fleet of 280 snowplows and salt spreaders and will focus on clearing Lake Shore Drive and arterial streets before plowing residential streets, according to a statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office. The low in the city is expected to sink to 7 degrees Fahrenheit (minus-14 Celsius) by late Sunday, the weather service said.

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