Thousands of travelers were left stranded at O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday night, after thunderstorms prompted airlines to cancel nearly 600 flights.
Thousands of travelers were still stranded at O’Hare and Midway international airports on Wednesday, after hundreds of flights were halted Tuesday when the local air-traffic center was evacuated due to smoke.
Airlines at O’Hare International Airport have canceled 350 flights due to winter weather conditions, while 100 flights were canceled at Midway International Airport as of 8:15 a.m., the city’s Department of Aviation said.
The subzero temperatures could last up to 60 hours, according to a wind chill advisory from the National Weather Service.
The snow has only just started falling in Chicago, but airlines have already cancelled more than 1,100 flights at Chicago’s two major airports, with up to 10 inches of snow expected to fall by the end of the day.
Bitter cold has set in after the snowstorm Thursday, as people struggle to get around, clean up, and start their cars.
While East Coast residents are dealing with Hurricane Irene, travelers in Chicago are changing their plans after airlines are reporting more delays and cancellations Saturday afternoon.
Heavy storms that moved through the Chicago area on Sunday forced canceled and delayed flights at both airports, and also left behind flooded roadways and basements.
More than 220 flights have been canceled at Chicago’s airports Sunday due to rain conditions in the Chicago area that have triggered a flood advisory.