Jan 23, 2018

Winter Storm Jaxon Dumps Heavy Snow on Plains, Midwest

Minneapolis, MN
USA
by
Sean Breslin
,
The Weather Channel
Daniel Marks digs his car out after getting stuck in a snowstorm Monday, Jan 22, 2018, in Norfolk, Neb. Photo: Ryan Soderlin, Omaha World-Herald via AP)
Daniel Marks digs his car out after getting stuck in a snowstorm Monday, Jan 22, 2018, in Norfolk, Neb. Photo: Ryan Soderlin, Omaha World-Herald via AP)

About 400 flights into and out of Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport were canceled Monday because of the storm, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware. By Monday afternoon, conditions were so poor that the airport had to shut down all of its runways as snow-clearing operations continued.

After tentatively reopening two runways for incoming and outgoing flights, the terminal tweeted that its runways were not operational due to the snow and low visibility. 

Upwards of 100 more flights were canceled at Chicago's two biggest airports.

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A stretch of Interstate 70 more than 200 miles long was closed Monday morning from areas east of Denver to WaKeeney, Kansas, according to the Department of Transportation. 

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On Sunday, Denver International Airport reported about 200 flight cancellations – 15 percent of scheduled flights – due to the wintry conditions.

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The storm dumped up to 20 inches of snow in Utah's Wasatch Mountains over the weekend.