A major snow storm with high winds closed highways, knocked down power lines, and grounded hundreds of flights over a large part of the Midwest on Wednesday. Winter storm and blizzard warnings were in place until Thursday morning for sections of Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana with a prediction of up to 13 inches of snow and winds of up to 50 mph. Around 770 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago; airport officials kept telling passengers to check their flight status before heading to the airport. Approximately 38,000 households were without power in the St. Louis area and several crashes on state highways had the Illinois Department of Transportation warning motorists to stay at home or slow down.
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