The fast-moving storm system is now tracking to the East expected to hit upstate NY and northern New England on Monday.
The declaration came as a large chunk of Interstate 70, spanning much of the state, shut down due to poor visibility and road conditions.
However, heavy snow will still continue through the early hours of Monday morning-with blizzard warnings still in effect through 6am local time from northeast Missouri northward into southeast Wisconsin/northeast IL, including the greater Chicago area.
Check flight schedules if you have travel plans.
As of Monday morning, several schools in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and IL have been forced to close as a result of the snow.
The flight-tracking website FlightAware reported 875 flights headed to or from the US were canceled. "Kansas City received 5.8" of snow Sunday, breaking the record for the date that was set in 1895, according to the National Weather Service. Streets were dark, and many were without power, he said.
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Most of the cancellations were of flights departing or arriving at Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway Airport, which combined saw a total of about 900 flights canceled.
The National Weather Service's Topeka office posted a video of near-blizzard conditions.
Illinois State police and LaSalle County emergency management said crews were removing people from their cars by snowmobile and urged people to stay off the roads into Monday, WBBM-TV reported.
Whiteout conditions brought low visibility to the small town of Chariton, Iowa, which is an hour south of Des Moines. Wind reports from the Central Plains clocked wind gusts at tropical storm force from 50 to 75 miles per hour from Nebraska to Texas. Parts of MI, the eastern shores of Lake Erie, as well ME could see up to a foot or more of snow before the storm exits the U.S. by Wednesday morning, Guy said.
The winter storm is expected to continue east on Tuesday.
By Monday, Brink said, the storm will have moved into the Northeast.
The storm also made holiday travel treacherous on the roads and miserable for air travelers in the Midwest starting over the weekend and continuing into Monday.