"Make sure that you give yourself plenty of time and if all possible, do not travel if you don't have to", said Alicia Tate-Nadeau, the executive director of the Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications. Whiteout conditions stalled commuter traffic on the roads. At least 7 inches fell in Rockford, Illinois.
The storm was forecast to hit parts of northern IN and southern MI early Monday before moving further East.
Due to the addition of Cook County, Illinois, the number of people under blizzard warnings jumped from 8 million to 14 million.
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The National Weather Service said that 3 to 9 inches fell across northern Missouri on Sunday. We'll wake to temps in the mid 20s tomorrow with cloudy skies and highs will only hit the low 30s as winds will not stop W 10-20 miles per hour gusting to 25 miles per hour.
Strong winds and snow created blizzard conditions across much of Nebraska and parts of Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. Streets were dark, and many were without power, he said.
North of Chicago, the city of Evanston's police department said in a statement its power had been knocked out by the storm, although it was still able to receive 911 calls. "It's pretty treacherous travel conditions", she said.
Reporting from Oak Park, Illinois, Reynolds reports that 2 inches of snow were falling an hour and the total accumulation could be more than a foot by the end of the day.
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The major metropolitan areas in the Northeast will see wind and rain Monday into Tuesday. Parts of New England could see snow, while cities along the coast are forecast to receive heavy rain.
The storm was bringing winds from 48kph to 56kph, with gusts of up to 72kph to 80kph.
The storm's impacts have been felt already by travelers on the final days of the Thanksgiving holiday rush. As of Monday morning, almost 700 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport, while Midway International Airport reported about 70 flights had been canceled, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.
And an approximately 60-mile stretch of Interstate 70 in Kansas has been closed, according to a tweet from the state's Department of Transportation, from WaKeeney to Russell.
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