Snowstorm Blankets Midwest

Category: Media & Culture / Feb 22, 2013 4:55PM EDT
A major snowstorm blanketed the U.S. Midwest, dumping more than a foot of snow in some parts, forcing airports to cancel hundreds of flights, shutting down universities and stranding motorists on highways. A United Airlines plane slid off the tarmac at Cleveland's main airport early on Friday (February 22) shortly after landing, forcing passengers and crew to exit by stairs, but no injuries were reported, airport and airline officials said. United flight 1639 from Fort Lauderdale was turning onto the taxiway after landing at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport when it slipped off the paved area into the grass and snow, the airline said. The airplane was carrying 103 passengers and five crew members and no injuries were reported, United said. In Western Springs, Illinois, residents braved frigid temperatures to dig out from the snow. They used shovels and snowblowers to clear sidewalks and walkways before the start of the morning commute. The storm dumped up to seven inches of snow in parts of the state, covering houses and backyards in a thick white blanket. Kansas bore the brunt of the bad weather on Thursday (February 21), with up to 15 inches of snow in some parts of the state, according to the National Weather Service. In state capital Topeka, snow crews had their work cut out for them after the storm deposited close to 10 inches of snow. Crews were out early clearing roads and parking lots. Most of the city streets were cleared by early afternoon, local media reported.