Winter storm sweeping across Midwest could cause chaos for East Coast commuters

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A winter storm sweeping across the Midwest was expected to hit the East Cost overnight, bringing rain, ice and as much as two feet of snow in some areas.

The snowy blast could cause havoc for commuters from Illinois to Maine, where winter storm warnings and advisories were in effect through Tuesday morning and Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Highway pileups and other weather-related accidents had been reported in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, while inbound flights to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport were delayed by more than four hours as of Monday night, according to the flight tracking site Flightaware.

In New Jersey, where forecasters were predicting a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain, Gov. Phil Murphy said a state of emergency would go into effect at midnight Monday.The declaration authorizes the state to restrict travel and provide access to government assistance, among other things.

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