MILWAUKEE (AP) - Highways are hazardous for holiday travelers and thousands of homes and businesses have no electricity in the Midwest as a storm blusters through the region with heavy snow and howling wind.
At least nine deaths are being blamed on the storm.
Winter storm warnings are posted for parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan as the core of the storm heads north across the Great Lakes. Parts of Wisconsin already have a foot of snow, and up to a foot is forecast in northeastern Minnesota.
The weather system also spread locally heavy rain from the Southeast to the lower Great Lakes.
Because of the high winds, airlines canceled 150 flights today at Chicago's O'Hare Airport.
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