CHICAGO (CNN) – Large portions of the United States from the northeast to the Midwest are under a winter storm warning Sunday.
The northeast is bracing for bad weather for the second time in a week. Almost 75 million people could be affected.
“Today we’re getting 12 inches of snow, so we are getting, in this 24 hour cycle, what we got for all the month of January,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Chicago is under a blizzard warning. The National Weather Service Forecasts the area could see up to 18 inches of snow Sunday and wind gusts up to 35 miles an hour.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city’s job is clear, To make sure people get to their job tomorrow, safely and securely. And we’re making sure the resources are there to keep our streets plowed and passable, and that residents throughout the city of Chicago will be safe and secure.”
The conditions are causing a nightmare for travelers, about 2000 flights have been canceled. Many departing from or bound for the windy city.
“We’re on to the next storm,” said Frank DePaola of MassDOT.
The swath of bad weather stretches from the Midwest to the northeast. In Massachusetts, where last week’s blizzard is fresh on people’s minds, officials are warning driver’s about Monday morning’s commute.
“If you have the option to stay home or avoid travel, we ask that you do it. But there is no such thing…we’re not talking about a ban on driving, or anything like that,” said DePaola.
In Detroit, workers are salting roads in anticipation of heavy snow.
“We will salt hills, intersections, stop lights, things like that,” said Gary Flounary of Oakland Co., MI Road Commission.
Back in Chicago, officials want citizens to keep safety first.
“Drive for conditions, I can’t stress that enough. Slow down and drive for conditions,” said Charles Williams, Chicago Streets and Sanitation.
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