US hit by blizzards, massive blackouts

Midwest digging out from up to 20 inches (51 cm) of snow.

Much of the Midwest is digging out after a major snowstorm dumped more than a foot of snow in some areas.

Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights on Thursday as the storm dumped up to 20 inches of snow across parts of the Midwest, caused blizzard conditions that led to seven deaths and left more than 400,000 people without electricity.

According to weather forecasters, in some locations a single storm dumped over a month’s worth of snow.

The heavy snowfall was accompanied by strong winds which downed hundreds of trees.