Snow cancels more than 300 flights at O'Hare today

  • Wauconda Public Works crews clear snow and put down salt Thursday morning along Old Country Way Thursday morning in Wauconda.

      Wauconda Public Works crews clear snow and put down salt Thursday morning along Old Country Way Thursday morning in Wauconda. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Metra riders bundled up to face snow, cold temperatures and wind as they wait for a train Thursday morning in Crystal Lake.

      Metra riders bundled up to face snow, cold temperatures and wind as they wait for a train Thursday morning in Crystal Lake. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • A pedestrian crosses Highland Avenue in downtown Elgin as snow continues to fall Thursday morning.

      A pedestrian crosses Highland Avenue in downtown Elgin as snow continues to fall Thursday morning. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Michael Varela of Elgin keeps his head down as he clears several inches of snow from his driveway Thursday morning.

      Michael Varela of Elgin keeps his head down as he clears several inches of snow from his driveway Thursday morning. Rick West | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 2/13/2020 3:00 PM

More than 300 flights at O'Hare International Airport have been canceled today as the nation's busiest airport grapples with a winter storm that dumped several inches of snow on the area.

By mid-afternoon, 317 flights at O'Hare have been canceled, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

That includes 157 arriving flights and 160 departing flights.

More than 3 inches of snow has been recorded at O'Hare in the last 24 hours.

Temperatures are expected to fall throughout the day, with the forecast calling for below zero wind chills Friday morning in the suburbs.

Weather in Chicago is partly to blame, but other parts of the eastern United States are also experiencing inclement weather.

In addition to the canceled flights, another 1,098 flights at O'Hare experienced delays in excess of 45 minutes, according to the aviation department's website.

By 2:30 p.m., the average delay at O'Hare for arrivals was 87 minutes and for departures it was 61 minutes.

The delays and cancellations grew throughout the day.

Meanwhile at Midway International Airport, only 11 flights were canceled.

The average delay there for both arrivals and departures was less than 15 minutes, according to the website.

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