Photos: Blizzard strands thousands of holiday travelers on Sunday in central US

kathryn.galimberti

A major storm wreaked havoc on one of the busiest travel days of the year with blizzard conditions stretching from northern Kansas to the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

Temperatures plummeted in a short amount of time, coating the roads with ice as rain changed to snow.

The combination of increasing winds, heavy snow and poor visibility triggered many wrecks and collisions. Parts of I-70 in Kansas and I-80 in Nebraska were closed due to whiteout conditions and snowy roads on Sunday morning.

Blizzard conditions blanket central US

AP Photo/Garret Fischer

First, at vero eos et accusamus et iusto odio dignissimos ducimus qui blanditiis praesentium et accusamus et iusto odio dignissimos ducimus qui voluptatum.

1/12

AP/Orlin Wagner

Snow builds on road signs near Lawrence, Kan., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. I-70 is closes from Junction City, Kan., to Wakeeney, Kan., due to low visibility. The area is in a blizzard warning. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

(Twitter photo/@NSP_TroopC)

Accidents occurred on Sunday even after the snow stopped in Nebraska.

(Twitter photo/@big6live)

Heavy snow weighs down tree branches outside of a Chicago home on Nov. 26, 2018.

Instagram photo/@budtime)

Blizzard conditions in Lincoln, Neb.

(Twitter photo@MattParkerKAI)

A traveler waits at the gate of a delayed flight out of Chicago O'Hare International Airport on Nov. 26, 2018, amid snowy conditions.

(Instagram photo/@paulaschlotterbeck)

Snow in Lincoln, Neb.

(Twitter Photo/@NSP_TroopC)

I-80 between York and Aurora, Neb.

(Instagram photo/@christysfarm)

Snow just south of Manhattan, Kansas.

(Twitter Photo/@NSP_TroopC)

Slick roads triggered an accident on Sunday near Alda, Neb.

(Twitter Photo/@fanofcards29)

Low visibility was reported on I-29 South between St. Joseph and Kansas City.

(Twitter Photo/@NEStatePatrol)

I-80 westbound was closed from Mahoney (MM426) to Lincoln, Neb., (MM405) because of multiple crashes.

(Twitter Photo/@Brookswx)

Blizzard conditions in Hays, Kansas.

(Twitter photo/@NSP_LtSutter)

A truck ran off of the road on I-80 because of poor road conditions.

(Instagram photo/@aschultz112)

Low visibility and icy road conditions on I-70.

(Twitter photo/@Brookswx)

Blizzard conditions in Hays, Kansas.

(Twitter photo/@Brookswx)

Blizzard conditions in Hays, Kansas.

AP/Charlie Riedel

Pedestrians walk as snow falls Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. Blizzard-like conditions have closed highways and delayed air travel as a winter storm moves through the Midwest.

Airports were swamped with passengers as delays piled up and the storm raged. More than 1,000 flights were canceled at Chicago O'Hare International Airport between Sunday and Monday. Hundreds more were canceled at Midway International Airport.

Numerous power lines were taken down by the heavy snow resulting in nearly 200,000 outages in Illinois alone. Most of the outages were concentrated around Chicago.

Nearly a foot of snow fell in Rockford, Illinois, near the Wisconsin border, according to the National Weather Service.

In La Salle County, west of Chicago, plows were pulled off the road because conditions were too dangerous.

kansas city snow ap blizzard

Pedestrians walk as snow falls Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. Blizzard-like conditions have closed highways and delayed air travel as a winter storm moves through the Midwest. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


Almost 6 inches of snow fell in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday, breaking the daily record from 1895 and going down as the second snowiest November day on record for the city.

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer declared a state of disaster emergency in response to the dangerous storm.

Winds topped 55 mph at Kansas City International Airport, adding to the intense conditions.