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A plane sits at a terminal at the Des Moines International Airport in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007. Airport operations were suspended due to a winter storm. Officials decided to close Des Moines International Airport after a United Airlines plane slid off a taxiway as it was heading to a runway to take off on a flight to Chicago's O'Hare, said airport spokesman Roy Criss. (AP Photo/Kevin Sanders)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Highways were still slippery in parts of the Midwest on Sunday as utility crews restored power knocked out by a snow and ice storm blamed for at least eight traffic deaths.

Airlines at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport worked to move travelers stranded when hundreds of flights were canceled during the storm Saturday. Flights also were canceled Saturday at airports in Des Moines and Milwaukee as blowing snow reduced visibility.

Des Moines International Airport was closed for several hours after an airliner slid off a taxiway. None of the 44 passengers was injured. A regional jet slid off pavement when it turned onto a taxiway after landing at Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, Wis., but no injuries were reported among the 25 passengers.

The weather service had posted winter storm and ice warnings Saturday across parts of Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, the eastern Dakotas, Illinois and northern Michigan. Nearly 8 inches of snow fell at Duluth, Minn., and Fargo, N.D., got more than 7.

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