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1,000 Flights Canceled at Two Chicago Airports Over Wintry Weather

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 5, 2013 Last Updated: March 6, 2013
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1,000 flights canceled: At least 1,000 flights were canceled at the two main Chicago airports Tuesday because of an impending snowstorm. 

A passenger at O'Hare Airport passes a Kiosk in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A passenger at O'Hare Airport passes a Kiosk in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Well over 1,000 flights were canceled at Chicago’s Midway and O’Hare airports on Tuesday due to a winter storm passing over the region.

The city’s Aviation Department told CBS-2 television that more than 850 flights were canceled at O’Hare International Airport as of 10:30 a.m. local time. And another 230 flights were canceled at Midway International Airport on the South Side, the station reported.

Snow only started falling on Tuesday morning in the city, but a winter storm warning went into effect from 9 a.m. to midnight, the station said. Between 4 and 8 inches of snow are expected to fall, with snowfall picking up in the afternoon. As many as 10 inches of snow could fall in northern Illinois, according to The Associated Press.

AP reported that Southwest Airlines canceled all of its flights at Midway between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Other than the canceled flights, there have been no significant delays to scheduled flights, AP said.

Flight tracking firm Flightstats said more than 1,544 flights have been canceled as of 12:19 p.m. EST. Not all of those cancellations are due to the snowstorm.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Metra canceled one Metra Electric District Line train, Train No. 737, in the afternoon. It was slated to leave Chicago at 5:20 p.m.

Several dozen schools were also shuttered across the city or plan to close down early.

“The whole area’s going to be hit pretty hard,” meteorologist Richard Castro told the paper.

The snowstorm is making its way across the Ohio Valley, and will dump snow from Minneapolis to Chicago, and will possibly reach Baltimore and Washington D.C., reported CNN. The winter weather will likely reach D.C. by Wednesday, bringing rain or possibly snow.

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