So far, there have been at least 850 cancelled flights at O’Hare International Airport alone. The airport closer to downtown Chicago, Midway Airport, has had to cancel more than 230 flights.
Southwest Airlines, the airline with the most flights at Midday Airport, canceled all of its flights until at least 5 p.m. Tuesday.
United Airlines, the largest carrier at O’Hare Airport, posted the following notice on its Website Tuesday:
‘Midwest - Winter Storm Saturn brings a late season slug of snow from Minnesota to Ohio through early Wednesday. Heavy snow occurs from Minnesota to northern Indiana through early this evening. Tuesday night into early Wednesday the heavier snow will falls from northern Illinois to Ohio. Accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are likely from Minnesota to Ohio with a band of 8 to 12 inch accumulations possible in northern Illinois and northern Indiana including Chicago. This could be the biggest snow of the winter in Chicago. Saturn brings rain from southeast Missouri through the Ohio Valley and Kentucky through Tuesday evening. A few rumbles of thunder are possible in the Ohio Valley and Kentucky. Colder air blowing in behind Saturn could change the rain over to snow Tuesday night/early Wednesday in the upper Ohio Valley and eastern Kentucky. Highs in the 20s and 30s occur from the Dakotas to central parts of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Milder 40s are forecast from western Nebraska to Kansas, southern Missouri, the Ohio Valley and Kentucky.”
All airlines are advising customers to check with the airline before heading to the airport. Many other flights across the country also had to be canceled because planes are not able to leave Chicago. Airlines are hoping normal air traffic will resume Wednesday.
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