Dozens of O’Hare flights cancelled due to windy weather

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago National Weather Service Forecast Office has issued a Wind Advisory for winds gusting at times in excess of 50 miles per hour across the Chicago area from late morning through the afternoon into the evening hours.

Southerly winds will increase, as a cold front approaches and moves through our area from west to east. With the cold frontal passage winds will strengthen additionally, at the same time shifting to the west with wind gusts over 50 miles over hour sustained through the afternoon into the evening hours.

High profile vehicles such as semis, trucks, buses will be especially susceptible to the strong winds. Before the cold frontal passage, strong southerly winds will make west-east travel most difficult. Then with the winds shifting to the west and strengthening, north-south travel will become very difficult through much of the afternoon and evening.

At about noon, O'Hare airport cancelled 37 flights due to the windy weather.

Farther north and east in southern Wisconsin and northern Indiana, Advisories (purple-shaded areas on headlined map below) for rain freezing on cold untreated roadways will be in effect until mid to late morning, so precautions should be taken as you approach travel in these areas.