CHICAGO — A winter storm pounding the Midwest caused at least two deaths Friday, authorities said, while closing schools and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights.
Snow-related crashed snarled highways across southern Michigan, with one person killed when a semitrailer struck the rear of a car stopped in traffic on U.S. 23 near Flint, police said.
A Michigan State Police trooper was hospitalized after a pickup truck lost control and slammed into his stopped squad on Interstate 94 northeast of Detroit. A pileup on the same highway just east of Kalamazoo in southwestern Michigan of collected 38 vehicle including 16 semitrailers in eastbound lanes Friday afternoon, causing only minor injuries.
In Naperville, Illinois, just west of Chicago, a man in his 60s died after suffering a heart attack while shoveling snow Friday morning, Edward Hospital spokesman Keith Hartenberger told the Chicago Tribune.
The National Weather Service reported 10 inches of snow on the ground Friday afternoon in suburban Chicago and 11 inches near South Bend, Indiana. Chicago was forecast to receive as much as 14 inches of snow with Detroit expecting up to 9 inches.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city was gearing up for three more rounds of snow through the weekend.
“The good news is we’re tried and tested here,” he said. “We’re up to it.”
Three northern Indiana counties posted travel watches, recommending only essential travel