| Snow-Packed Winter Storm Heads East
| Saturday, December 29, 2007
|CHICAGO (Dec. 29) - The remnants of a winter storm moved through the Northeast and headed out to sea Saturday, a day after blanketing the Great Lakes region with several inches of snow that disrupted holiday travel.
Aviation officials said nearly 300 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport on Friday and delays averaged 30 to 45 minutes. Delays at Midway Airport averaged 30 minutes, with about 25 cancellations.
On Saturday, snow spread across northern New England, with occasional heavy snow and freezing fog during the morning at Bangor, Maine, the National Weather Service said. Rain fell elsewhere in the Northeast and the Mid Atlantic states, but by midmorning showers lingered mostly over eastern New England. New York's Central Park got about a half-inch of rain during the night, the weather service said.
Both runways at Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport were closed due to snow for about an hour early Friday afternoon and then at least two hours in the evening, airport spokesman Ryan McAdams said.
The Green Bay Packers asked for 300 people to help shovel snow Saturday at Lambeau Field in preparation for Sunday's game against Detroit.
Two of three runways were closed at Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, Wis., causing many delays and seven flight cancellations, airport spokeswoman Sharyn Wisniewski said.
At Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich., snow caused some radar equipment to shut down automatically, closing one runway to arriving planes for about two hours, said Tony Molinaro, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. Planes were diverted or circled while crews replaced the device, which tells aircraft whether they are properly lined up for landing.
Five to 7 inches of snow was reported in the region. Milwaukee's total at Mitchell International was 6.3 inches, topping the record for the date of 5.3 inches set in 1968.
Some were elated by the winter wonderland.
"We love it. Business is wonderful today," said Sara Voegeli, ski manager at the Villa Olivia Country Club and Ski Area outside Chicago.
A tractor-trailer truck jackknifed and rolled over on a highway near Madison, Wis., spilling 50,000 gallons of condensed milk and 90 gallons of diesel fuel, sheriff's officials said. The driver was not hurt but was cited for driving too fast for conditions.
In the Southeast, forecasters said additional rain was likely this weekend in the Atlanta metro area, and may determine whether 2007 is the driest year on record for the region.
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