Hundreds of flights in Chicago canceled

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CHICAGO (AP) -- People throughout parts of the Midwest have awakened to a heavy and steady fall of snow that's forced the cancellation of hundreds of airline flights and made driving dangerous.

A United Airlines plane skidded off a runway at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport amid snowy and icy weather. Chicago fire officials say the incident occurred Saturday morning. No injuries were reported. The flight came into the airport from Phoenix and 129 people were on the plane.

More than 460 flights were canceled Saturday morning at O'Hare International. Chicago's Midway International Airport also canceled about 50 flights.

In the Detroit area, many motorists were moving well below posted speed limits along freeways due to slushy conditions.

The snowfall is part of a wall of hazardous weather trekking from the Dakotas, across the Great Lakes states and into New England. The National Weather Service has warned that conditions in the Northeast "could approach blizzard criteria."

The storm is expected to bring between up to 10 inches of snow to the Midwest before walloping the Northeast on Sunday.

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