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Weather Service forecasts heavy snow from Chicago to…

By Associated Press

Published: 06:03 GMT, 9 February 2018 | Updated: 06:03 GMT, 9 February 2018

CHICAGO (AP) – A winter storm moving across the Great Lakes that's forecast to drop about a foot of snow in some areas has closed schools and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

The National Weather Service issued winter-weather warnings and advisories across the upper Midwest. The snow that began falling late Thursday afternoon is expected to continue through Friday as the storm moves east.

American, United and Southwest airlines warned travelers to expect more flight cancellations to and from Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

A man walks along the ice-covered south pier Thursday. Feb. 8, 2018, in St. Joseph, Mich. (Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via AP)

A man walks along the ice-covered south pier Thursday. Feb. 8, 2018, in St. Joseph, Mich. (Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via AP)

The expectation of up to 12 inches around Chicago prompted officials to close the city's public schools to about 390,000 students on Friday.

Weather service meteorologist Trent Frey says the forecast is for up to nine inches of snow in Detroit through late Friday. Schools across Michigan also cancelled classes.

Andrew Brown, assistant manager at Kabelin Ace Hardware, looks through the store's variety of snow shovels ahead of another snowstorm, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in La Porte, Ind. (Jon Gard/The News Dispatch via AP)Andrew Brown, assistant manager at Kabelin Ace Hardware, looks through the store's variety of snow shovels ahead of another snowstorm, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in La Porte, Ind. (Jon Gard/The News Dispatch via AP)

Andrew Brown, assistant manager at Kabelin Ace Hardware, looks through the store's variety of snow shovels ahead of another snowstorm, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in La Porte, Ind. (Jon Gard/The News Dispatch via AP)

Helen Sweeney, an independent distributor for Brownberry Premium Breads, stocks the shelves at Al's Supermarket ahead of another snowstorm, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in La Porte, Ind.  (Jon Gard/The News-Dispatch via AP)Helen Sweeney, an independent distributor for Brownberry Premium Breads, stocks the shelves at Al's Supermarket ahead of another snowstorm, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in La Porte, Ind.  (Jon Gard/The News-Dispatch via AP)

Helen Sweeney, an independent distributor for Brownberry Premium Breads, stocks the shelves at Al's Supermarket ahead of another snowstorm, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in La Porte, Ind. (Jon Gard/The News-Dispatch via AP)

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