Midwestern winter storm forces airlines to cancel hundreds of flights with a foot of snow expected in some areas

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A major winter storm is causing travel problems at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, where about 3-5 inches of snow is expected to fall.

As of 5 p.m. EST, 209 flights had been canceled for tonight and 91 more were delayed, according to Flight Aware.

Photos taken at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul airport on Friday show a snow-covered tarmac with crews helping to remove the snow.

The weather system is expected to last through the weekend and drop as much as 14 inches of snow in parts of Michigan’s upper peninsula.

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Snowfall at Terminal C5 at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. (Michael Ruiz / Fox News Digital)

Winter weather alerts have been issued by the National Weather Service for parts of Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

In addition to airport delays, snow and slush are reported on many streets and highways in the Metro Minneapolis and St. Paul area.

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Snow can be seen falling at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport on Friday, December 10. (Michael Ruiz / Fox News Digital)

Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport asked travelers on Friday afternoon to check their flight status before heading to the airport.

Significantly higher snowfall rates are expected south of the Twin Cities, where some areas south of Minneapolis such as Faribault could see between 8 and 12 inches of snow.

Snow can be seen falling outside a terminal at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. (Michael Ruiz / Fox News)

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The city of Minneapolis also declared a snow emergency, which prevents drivers from parking on snow emergency roads, allowing snow removal trucks to clear the roads.

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