More Than 150 Flights Canceled at Chicago Airports

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23 January 2019 | 2:04 pm

More than 150 flights were canceled at Chicago airports Wednesday as snow and freezing rain hit the area in the city’s latest winter weather system. 

At O’Hare Airport, at least 152 cancellations were reported as of 8 a.m. At Midway Airport, 4 cancellations were reported. 

Delays at Midway were around 15 minutes, while delays at O’Hare averaged around 19 minutes, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. 

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The delays and cancellations were seemingly the tail end of a long period of struggles at the airport, with hundreds of cancellations and delays over the past 24 hours at both O’Hare and Midway. 

The situation on the roads was treacherous Wednesday as well, with black ice coating several areas ahead of the morning commute. 

A Winter Storm Warning was issued for McHenry County until noon Wednesday, warning of up to 7 inches of snow in addition to ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch.

A Winter Weather Advisory remained in effect through 12 p.m. for DuPage, Cook, La Salle, Kendall, De Kalb, Kane and Lake counties in Illinois as well.

The area saw freezing drizzle turn into a mix of freezing rain and snow Tuesday evening, with snow accumulations up to 5 inches through Wednesday morning as well as ice accumulations up to a quarter of an inch in areas of De Kalb and Kane counties.

“A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving,” the alert states.

The wintry mix comes just days after a snowstorm dumped several inches of snow across the area, with some spots seeing more than 10 inches.

Wednesday’s precipitation was expected to end by late morning, for a mostly cloudy and breezy day, turning colder as temperatures quickly fall into the 20s.

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