Nearly 1,000 flights canceled as record-breaking snow blankets Chicago

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CHICAGO — Nearly 1,000 flights were canceled at Chicago’s airports as snow blanketed the area Monday.

The Winter Weather Advisory is over, but the damage is done. As of 2 p.m., 856 flights were canceled at O’Hare International Airport while 94 flights were canceled at Midway International Airport. Delays at O’Hare are averaging about 86 minutes while delays at Midway are about 23 minutes.

Icy conditions at O’Hare even caused a plane to skid off the runway.

A number of accidents were also reported on the roads during the morning commute. At one point, some interstate travel times topped out at 90 minutes.


Anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of snow was expected across northeast Illinois into northwest Indiana. The official snow totla for Chicago stands at 3.4 inches at O’Hare Airport, breaking the previous snowfall record of 1.9 inches back on this date in 1995.

The seasonal snowfall total so far is now 8.1 inches , making it the second snowiest start to a season since records began in 1884-85.

Enhanced by lake-effect snow, the highest snowfall totals, possibility exceeding 6 inches, will occur north of Chicago, in the city and across northwest Indiana.

The snow will slowly taper off from the west later Monday, probably continuing in NW Indiana tonight into Tuesday.

A Lakeshore Flood Warning is in effect into Tuesday with the strong northerly winds building 8 to 12-foot waves along the Illinois and NW Indiana shoreline, resulting in beach erosion and flooding in flood-prone areas. Temperatures dropping into the 20s will cause freezing spray. Conditions should improve somewhat along the Illinois shoreline by this evening and in NW Indiana later Tuesday.

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