Houston Ellinger,10, and Leah Ellinger, 9, take advantage of the new fallen snow on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at Shoaff Park , Fort Wayne, Ind. (Cathie Rowand/The Journal-Gazette via AP)
Will Monk, 8, plays with his dog Zoey, a 2 year-old goldendoodle, in his backyard in Barrington, Ill., Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. The upper Midwest is preparing for a wintry blast as a winter storm is expected across the region, with forecasters saying up to a foot of snow is expected in some areas.(Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune via AP)
CHICAGO — Thousands of children in the Midwest got a rare snow day off school Friday as a winter storm moved through the Great Lakes region, dumping nearly a foot of the white powder in some places with more on the way.