Over 450 Flights at Chicago-Area Airports Canceled as Winter Storm Continues – NBC Chicago

Over 450 flights arrive to and departing from Chicago-area airports have been canceled as of Wednesday morning while a winter storm continues to sweep through the Midwest.

According to the Chicago Department of Aviation, 378 flights have been canceled at O’Hare International Airport, along with 78 flights at Midway Airport.

On average, flights arriving to O’Hare are delayed about 53 minutes, while those departing are reportedly delayed by about 15 minutes. Any delays at Midway are less than 15 minutes, according to the latest data.

The heaviest snowfall on Wednesday is expected to fall during the morning commute, according to the National Weather Service, with an inch to an inch and a half of snow falling per hour during the worst part of the winter storm.

The Chicago Transit Authority continued to operate trains and busses Wednesday, noting several delays due to weather.

As of about 8 am, CTA said in a tweet that there has been “significant delays” on the Red, Purple and Yellow lines following “earlier heavy train congestion at Howard.”

Check out the latest delays here.

Metra is also operating on a normal schedule Wednesday, though delays have already been noted for the morning commute.

According to the Metra service alerts, the Union Pacific North line is seeing delays between 10 to 30 minutes. The Union Pacific West line reported an 11 minute delay at around 8:30 am

Check the latest service alerts here.

As of 6 am Wednesday, Illinois State Police said that Interstate 74 westbound was closed at mp 158 due to “multiple crashes and hazardous conditions.” Traffic had been rerouted onto US Route 150.

I-55 southbound was also closed at mp 178 due to crashes, ISP added, and is expected to last several hours.

Residents that absolutely have to travel are being advised to adhere to the following tips:

  • If you are involved in a crash or a breakdown, stay inside your vehicle if at all possible. Activate hazard lights and try to move to the side of the road if possible.
  • Make sure your gas tank is full before you leave for your destination.
  • Keep a fully-charged cell phone, warm clothes, blankets, food, water and a first aid kit in your vehicle, along with extra windshield wiper fluid and an ice scraper.
  • Make friends and loved ones aware of your travel schedule, and the route you intend to take.

The snow is expected to largely subside, or even stop, by Wednesday evening, but the far southern suburbs and parts of northwest Indiana could see more snow on Thursday, which could complicate yet another morning commute.

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