CHICAGO — A winter storm that has held parts of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan in its grip for three days continued to pile on the snow well into Sunday, making driving difficult and slowing air travel.
The storm that moved across the Upper Midwest over the weekend ended Sunday after delivering a ninth consecutive day of snowfall in Chicago, and snow and freezing rain in Michigan and Indiana.
After 10 inches of snow fell in northern Illinois on Friday, another wave of snow moved across the area late Saturday, leaving an additional 3 inches by the time the storm ended Sunday afternoon.
The Chicago Department of Aviation said about 215 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport by Sunday afternoon. There were 245 flights canceled at Midway International Airport.
That is significantly fewer than the approximately 1,300 cancellations at the two airports on Friday.
Southwest Airlines had trouble de-icing planes and canceled its flights departing Midway, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The National Weather Service said Sunday was the ninth consecutive day of "measurable" snowfall in Chicago. Meteorologist Stephen Rodriguez said it ties a record and marks just the third time this has happened since the weather service began keeping records in 1885.
The weather service defines "measurable" as 0.1 inch or more.
In Detroit, city road crews worked back-to-back 12-hour shifts since Friday morning clearing major roads.
An army of private contractors was hired to plow snow off more than 1,880 miles of side streets, the city said Sunday.
In western Michigan, a stretch of U.S. 131 in Grand Rapids was closed for about an hour late Sunday morning following multiple vehicle crashes. No injuries were reported.
The Indianapolis Star wrote that the Indiana Department of Homeland Security reported restrictions in 26 counties Sunday and that routine travel or other activities may be restricted in some areas.
The end of the snow will bring much colder conditions, National Weather Service said, noting that temperatures were expected to dip to about 15 degrees Sunday night.
But the skies will clear, and the extended forecast anticipates them staying clear for a workweek warm up, the Indianapolis Star reported Sunday.
Daytime high temperatures will also climb quickly with predictions of conditions in the mid 30s today, the mid 40s on Tuesday and the low 50s by Wednesday.
Icy roads were blamed for several crashes along highways in the Fort Wayne, Ind., area, according to WANE-TV.