Almost 800 Flights Reportedly Canceled in Chicago Area Due to Snowstorm

Almost 800 Flights Reportedly Canceled in Chicago Area Due to Snowstorm

Almost 800 Flights Reportedly Canceled in Chicago Area Due to Snowstorm

Chicago's two biggest airports, O'Hare and Midway, had hundreds of flight cancellations on Friday - some of which were canceled on Thursday before the storm arrived - because of Mateo, FlightAware reported.

More than 1,000 flights have been canceled at the city's O'Hare and Midway worldwide airports.

Winter storm warnings were issued by the National Weather Service for parts of northwest OH, southern Lower Michigan, northern IN, northern IL, southern Wisconsin and eastern Iowa, where show is expected to be the heaviest.

Chicago was anticipating 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm) of snow early on Friday, with more expected over the weekend, according to the service's forecast.

A winter storm warning is in effect until midnight.

About 1,050 US flights were canceled, with about one in five flights into or out of Chicago and Detroit airports called off, according to FlightAware.com, which tracks airline traffic.

MDOT operates 85 plows in South west MI and have begun 12 hours shifts to try and keep up with the snow on state trunk lines and highways in southwest MI.

Ice and snow covered Chicago's expressways, where there were at least 25 crashes overnight, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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Crashes were reported, including a multi-vehicle smashup that closed a stretch of eastbound Interstate 94 near Ann Arbor. CPS officials said Friday morning they expected classes to resume Monday.

But the threat of the largest snowstorm of the season prompted school districts in Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee to cancel classes Friday. More than 200 flights were also canceled Friday morning at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Schools in Chicago and MI announced cancellations ahead of Winter Storm Mateo.

Schools were closed in both cities and multiple vehicle crashes were reported on icy roads. After a possible break in snowfall Saturday afternoon/evening, yet a third accumulating snow could occur later Saturday night into Sunday.

The Windy City has not seen this much snow at one time since 2011, when a storm dumped about 20 inches of snow so quickly that drivers had to abandon their cars along a major road.

Wind chill temperatures were expected to drop below 0 Fahrenheit (-18 C) in many areas across the region, and officials warned of limited visibility on roads.

Weather service meteorologist Trent Frey says the forecast is for up to nine inches of snow in Detroit through late Friday.

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