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Massive winter storm grounds 1,100 US flights

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A massive winter storm pounding the northern United States grounded over 1,100 flights, closed hundreds of schools and made roadways impassible Tuesday.

More than a dozen states from Minnesota to Virginia were in the path of the huge storm which had already dumped as much as two feet (60 centimeters) of snow in Montana and 15 inches (38 centimeters) in North Dakota.

The heavily populated Chicago area was expected to get as much of an inch (2.5 centimeters) of snow an hour during the evening rush, the National Weather Service said.

Hundreds of plows were working the Windy City's roads and freeways but with up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow expected, there was no way they could keep up.

"Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous," the weather service warned. "Consider only traveling if in an emergency."

Nearly 800 flights were grounded at Chicago's O'Hare airport -- a major hub -- while another 240 were cancelled at Chicago Midway. Over 100 flights were cancelled in Minneapolis, Minnesota, according to FlightAware.

The storm was expected to hit the nation's capitol late Tuesday or early Wednesday, and some Congressional meetings were already being cancelled in Washington.

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