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Weather: Old Man Winter holds on for another snow storm for 16 million in Chicago, Midwest

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 4/27/2019 Doug Stanglin and Doyle Rice
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A long, narrow band of wintry weather on Saturday brought late April snow along a 1,200-mile swath of the north-central U.S., including Chicago, Milwaukee and Detroit, and could dump several inches as far east as New England.

Some 16 million people were under a winter storm warning, from Montana, where a blizzard warning was in effect, to Michigan. 

The biggest cities likely to see significant snow are in Wisconsin, including Madison (4-8 inches) and Milwaukee (2-6 inches). 

The wintry weather as led to the cancellation of more than 400 flights at the city's O'Hare International and Midway International airports on Saturday, according to flightaware.com. The White Sox and Tigers also postponed their Saturday baseball outing.

By Sunday evening, some snow is possible farther east, in parts of northern Pennsylvania, New York state and New England, according to AccuWeather.

The National Weather Service office in La Crosse, Wisconsin, said that hourly snow rates could be in the range of 1 to 2 inches at times. If this occurs, a slushy snow accumulation would make travel difficult.

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"A few inches of accumulating snow are in store over the northern suburbs around Chicago," AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

Snow is rare but not unheard of in Chicago this time of year: At least an inch of snow was recorded there during the first few days of May in both 1907 and 1940.

In Michigan, Grand Rapids should see about 4 inches, which would be its biggest snowfall this late in the season since 1963. Meanwhile, Detroit is expected to pick up about 2 inches.

While this is probably winter's last hurrah in the Midwest, the white stuff likely will persist in the western mountains.

The northern Rockies could see more significant accumulations, with snow possibly persisting there through at least the middle of next week. Another round of snow may hit late Monday into Wednesday, according to the Weather Channel

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Weather: Old Man Winter holds on for another snow storm for 16 million in Chicago, Midwest

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