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Winter storm slams Midwest; New York, New England up next

The storm that blanketed Chicago is now heading Northeast, and the South is also experiencing severe weather. Weather Channel meteorologist Mike Seidel reports.

Updated at 2:45 p.m. ET: A winter storm that storm that swept across the Midwest on Friday has affected air travelers. Delays averaged 45 minutes into and out of O’Hare International Airport, and more than 200 flights had been canceled because of weather, The Chicago Department of Aviation reports. Forty flights were canceled at Midway Airport.

“This system is going to continue to move northeastward and the primary snow threat should begin to move in towards some of the northeast, and particularly (the) New England area, with time," Steven Weiss, chief of the science support branch at the National Weather Service’s storm prediction center, told msnbc.com.

Updated at 7:23 a.m. ET: A winter storm left a "stripe of snow" across the Midwest before heading toward upstate New York and northern New England on Friday morning, weather.com reported.

Meteorologist Tim Ballisty predicted that Chicago could receive "a half foot or more" of snow.


"On Thursday into Friday, look for a stripe of snow to lay down from the Dakotas into Iowa, northern Illinois, far northern Indiana and lower Michigan," he added. "The bulk of the heaviest snow will fall south of Milwaukee -- closer to the Wisconsin/Illinois border."

Appearing on NBC's TODAY on Friday, weather.com's Mike Seidel reported that at least 130 flights had been delayed at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. He added that prior to Thursday, Chicago had received only 16 inches of snow all winter.

The storm also dropped several inches of snow over parts of North and South Dakota on Thursday with some places getting more than a foot of snow.

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"Look for areas north and west of Detroit, such as Flint, to pick up some of the heaviest snow across lower Michigan," Ballisty said. "It's here where we anticipate snowfall amounts to surpass 6 inches. Still, a decent snowfall will make its way into the Motor City on Thursday night with the heaviest snowfall rates occurring during the overnight hours."

Ballisty predicted that the storm would march into upstate New York and northern New England on Friday morning.

"Look for the heaviest snow to fall over the higher terrain of northern New York and Vermont," he said. "This includes Burlington, Vermont where snow totals could exceed half a foot."

Boston was also expected to be hit with a "slushy inch or two," Ballisty added.

Weather.com's Tim Ballisty, NBC News and msnbc.com's Miranda Leitsinger contributed to this report.

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