Updated Jan 19, 2020

"Sprawling winter storm" sweeps across Midwest toward the Northeast

A cross-country skier in Minneapolis on Jan. 16. Photo: Aaron Lavinskyi/Star Tribune via Getty Images

A "sprawling winter storm" that's creating hazardous travel conditions across the Midwest and Great Lakes region has caused at least one death, and it's set to spread the Northeast on Sunday, the National Weather Service warns.

What's happening: Frigid temperatures were set to sweep east into Sunday and Monday, with the coldest conditions in the Midwest, with heavy snow forecast across the Great Lakes and further north along with blizzard conditions in Iowa, Minnesota and the Dakotas.

  • Police in Nebraska confirmed Saturday one person died in a weather-related two-vehicle crash near Hershey the previous day.
  • Illinois was shivering through its coldest night so far this winter, with "wind chills already well below zero many areas," the NWS said Saturday evening.
  • Hundreds of flights arriving and departing from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport were cancelled on Friday night for several hours because of the winter weather. And nearly 250 more flights were cancelled Saturday, the airport said.
  • In Missouri, a plane at at the Kansas City International Airport skidded off an icy taxiway, AP reports.
  • A blizzard warning was in effect for parts of east central and southeast South Dakota, northeast Nebraska, northwest and west central Iowa and southwest Minnesota, according to the weather service.
  • A no-travel advisory was in effect for the eastern half of North Dakota, while Interstate 29 from Grand Forks to South Dakota and Interstate 94 from Fargo to Bismarck are closed, the University of North Dakota police said Saturday.

Flashback: A powerful "bomb cyclone" last March has left some of those living in South Dakota's Native American communities struggling to recover 10 months later, AP reports. The storm stranded hundreds of people and left thousands without power.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with the latest available weather-related developments.

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"Far-reaching" winter storm to impact travel across the U.S.

Fire crews work in snow to put out a house fire in Denver, Colorado. Photo: RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

A powerful storm system that's seen temperatures plummet in the Rockies is set to bring heavy rain across the Southeast "and a long stretch of wintry weather from the southern Plains to the interior Northeast," the National Weather Service warns.

What's happening: Per the NWS, the effects of the system will be "far-reaching" and impact travel in a vast area that's likely to affect millions of people. Multiple weather-related crashes have already been reported in Denver — including one fatality, per the Denver Post. The city's temperature fell 58 degrees from a "daily-record-tying high of 74 at 2 p.m. Sunday to 16 degrees by 8 p.m. Monday," the Washington Post notes.

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Jamaica struck by 7.7-magnitude quake

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck the northwest coast of Jamaica Tuesday, according the U.S. Geological Survey.

Be smart: The quake could spur tsunami waves as high as a meter along some coasts of Belize, Cuba, Hondura, Mexico, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, according to the National Tsunami Warning Center.

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Storm Ciara causes floods and travel disruption in northern Europe

A flooded street in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, in northern England on Sunday. Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images

Storm Ciara has unleashed heavy rains, hurricane-force winds and floods in northern Europe, causing widespread travel disruption, EuroNews reports.

Details: "Two of Europe's busiest airports — one in Frankfurt, Germany, the other in Amsterdam, Netherlands — each grounded more than 100 flights due to the storm," per CNN. Airlines also reported that flights were canceled or disrupted in the U.K., where the national weather agency issued over 250 flood warnings. Several British rail firms warned people to expect delays and urged them not to travel, AP notes.

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