'Historic' snow blankets parts of US Midwest, disrupts travel

The weather office has forecast more snow in Kashmir and hills of Jammu with rain in the Jammu plains. Photo: Mubashir Khan/ GK

A major winter storm blanketed parts of the middle of the country with snow that was forecast to continue into late Tuesday in some areas, disrupting traffic and closing some coronavirus testing sites.

 The National Weather Service said at least 4 inches (10 centimeters) of snow is expected across most of an area stretching from central Kansas northeast to Chicago and southern Michigan.  Parts of southeast Nebraska and western Iowa could get more than three times that much by Tuesday morning.

The weather service forecast the light snowfall that began around sunset Monday in northern Illinois was expected to get heavier overnight, with accumulation totaling about 3 to 6 inches by early Tuesday.

Meteorologist BettBorchardt forecast snowfall could total up to 8 inches (20.32 centimeters) or more before it ends Tuesday evening.