- A 'freak' winter storm blasted through the Midwest on Friday and Saturday with 70 mph winds, huge hail stones and major rainfall in Illinois
- Four people were rescued from Lake Michigan, Chicago during a storm Friday
- More than 1,000 flights were cancelled from Chicago and others were delayed
- Travel delays were expected as cold air from the storm was touted to bring snow to the mountains in Washington State and California
- Flash floods hit Indiana as six inches of rainfall occurred in the northwest
- As many as 50 inches of snow could dump on Western Montana by Sunday
- The snow could be record-setting in Missoula, Montana, which has not seen snow in September since 1983
A massive snowstorm, coupled with winds reaching 70 mph and large 2.5-inch hail stones, hit Illinois on Friday in a 'freak' weather system that was expected bring 50 inches of snow to Western Montana and deliver an early winter to states as far as California.
Temperatures in the Midwest were plummeting unusually early this year, with forecasters warning of trees falling to damage power lines, damaging waves on Flathead Lake in Montana, and dangerous travel conditions all the way to the West Coast lasting until Monday.
As a thunderstorm frontal ripped through Illinois, in Chicago, four people had to be rescued from Lake Michigan and high winds hit during a thunderstorm in Manteno, knocking down tents and ruining an Oktoberfest event, ABC News reported.
It came as approximately 70 reports of severe weather emerged from Kansas to Indiana, that latter which was under a flash flood warning as six inches of rain fell in the northwest area Saturday morning.