CHICAGO, United States — A winter storm system with strong winds hit Central US on Thursday, spreading freezing rain, sleet, ice and snow from the Central Plains to the Midwest and the Great Lakes.

A man plows snow in Chicago, USA. (Global Times)

Heavy snow has been reported in many areas in the states of Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Oklahoma.

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories from portions of Oklahoma and the northern Texas Panhandle to the southern Great Lakes, upstate New York and far northern New England. Chicago and Detroit are among the metro areas put on the alerts.

Travel is extremely difficult in the storm-hit areas, especially where snow overlaps with strong winds.

Some roads have been closed in the Buffalo region of New York State.