Northeast prepares for more snow

Storm affects travel, power as it moves through Midwest

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NEW YORK — A winter storm passing through the Midwest may bring more snow to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic on Tuesday, threatening to scrub flights and snarl travel in the regions.

A winter storm warning was in effect for Chicago until 9 p.m. local time Monday. The city may receive 4 to 8 inches of snow from a storm that's already canceled more than 1,000 flights and left thousands in Illinois without power, AccuWeather.com and the National Weather Service said Monday. New York may get 1 to 2 inches early Tuesday before the storm switches over to rain, with most of the accumulation during the morning rush hour.

"This isn't going to be a huge blizzard, but it's going to come through and disrupt travel not only on the ground but in the air," said Tom Kines, a meteorologist for AccuWeather in State College, Penn. "People are getting really sick and tired of the snow, and of shoveling and plowing."

The latest round of snow heading for the eastern U.S. follows a storm that dropped about 3 inches in New York on Feb. 15, bringing the city's total winter accumulation to 55.6 inches, more than triple the average through mid-February, Kines said in a phone interview Monday.

As of 3:18 p.m. New York time, 1,122 flights within, into or out of the U.S. were canceled, while 2,434 were delayed, data from Houston-based FlightAware showed. More than a quarter of flights out of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport were grounded, according to FlightAware.

Flights heading to O'Hare are being delayed an average of 3 1/2 hours because of weather conditions, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. More than 12,000 power outages in Illinois were reported by Ameren Corp. as of 2:10 p.m. local time.

The low temperature in Chicago on Tuesday may be 22 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 5.6 Celsius), according to AccuWeather. Tuesday's low in New York may be 32, while Boston is set to drop to 29.

Weather may warm up in the second half of the week, reaching a high of 54 in New York on Feb. 21, compared with an average of 43 for the date, the AccuWeather forecast shows. About an inch of rain is expected to fall across the U.S. Northeast that day.