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(NEW YORK) — A major winter storm which delivered heavy snow and near blizzard conditions to parts of the Midwest on Sunday is next expected to impact the Northeast.

As of 3 p.m. Sunday, parts of Iowa had received up to 14 inches of snow. Across Chicago, more than 8 inches of snow had fallen at O’Hare International Airport and just to the west at Midway Airport, more than 9 inches of snow had fallen.

A blizzard warning remained in effect for the Chicago Metro Area until midnight local time for gusty winds blowing snow around and creating white-out conditions.

On Sunday afternoon, snow was falling simultaneously all the way from eastern Nebraska to central Pennsylvania, a distance of more than 1,100 miles. The storm also caused more than 2,200 flights to be canceled across the country, according to Flightaware.com.

By Sunday evening, the snow will continue to fall from Chicago to Detroit and areas of light snow will begin to overspread cities from Pennsylvania to New York and New Jersey. A wintry mix and areas of heavy rain are expected further south from Indianapolis to the mid-Atlantic.

Travel on Sunday evening for any Super Bowl fans is expected to be treacherous across the Midwest, however for fans along the Northeast coast, the worst of the storm will hold off until after midnight.

By the Monday morning commute, heavy snow is expected to be falling across much of the Northeast, with a dangerous icy mix further to the south that could affect cities from central Pennsylvania to northern New Jersey and New York City.

Temperatures will be milder to the south, so Philadelphia to Baltimore and Washington D.C. will see mostly rain.

Current forecasts from the ABC News Weather Team call for additional snowfall of 6-10 inches from Chicago to southern New England.

The highest amounts are expected from the eastern Great Lakes, including Detroit, eastward into central New England where a widespread 10-14 inches of snow will fall.

In addition to the heavy snow threat, dangerous icy conditions could cause travel problems from central Pennsylvania to Connecticut Monday morning. Major interstates, including routes 80 and 95, will likely be impacted first from heavy snow after midnight then an icy mix of sleet and freezing rain.

The storm was expected to begin to move out of the Northeast later on Monday morning, although some snow will likely still be falling across parts of New England into the evening.

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