Midwest snowstorm cancels Pittsburgh-to-Chicago flights

Midwest snowstorm cancels Pittsburgh-to-Chicago flights
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CHICAGO (CBS) — Suburban Chicago is getting hit hard by one of the biggest November snowstorms on record.  Thick, wet snow fell heavily overnight, with accumulations in some locations nearing a foot.

Megan Glaros reports that the snow should end by 9 or 10 a.m.. However, snow will linger until midday in Northwest Indiana, although that area is seeing lower accumulations than towns to the north and west of Chicago.

"So far, I'm only delayed by 20 minutes," said passenger Alfred Nardine. "That gets pushed back all the time, you know. Just because we are 30 minutes starting off, we're going to be an hour-and-a-half maybe. But at least it's a direct, and I don't have to connect through Minneapolis."

Over 800 flights cancelled as major winter storm hits Chicago area

Ground stop in effect at O’Hare International Airport, due to the winter storm, with some arriving flights delayed more than 3 hours.

Video: Winter storm causing travel nightmare across the country

A total of 613 flights had been canceled at O’Hare on Monday, with delays averaging 39 minutes.

"We just got here and we heard all these flights are delayed, and mine hasn't been delayed yet," said passenger Ali Petriko. "But I looked at the screen and a bunch going to Dallas also have been delayed. So I'm scared mine is going to be delayed next." 

Snows wrath: bad roads, closed schools, canceled flights

At Midway International Airport, a total of 69 flights had been canceled, with delays averaging less than 15 minutes.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The winter storm pounding the Midwest Sunday forced hundreds of flights to be canceled across the country, including in Indianapolis.

ComEd spokesman Tom Dominguez said a total of 304,000 homes and businesses lost power since the winter storm started around 7 p.m. Sunday. As of 6:35 a.m., approximately 169,000 were still without power.

The delays won't stop with Sunday evening, as many airports impacted by the storm will still be getting snow into Monday morning. 

The hardest hit areas were west of O’Hare Airport — such as Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, and Palatine — and further west along Interstate 39.

The storm couldn't have hit at a worse time, as Sunday is the busiest day of the Thanksgiving travel weekend.

Hundreds Of Flights At OHare, Midway Flight Canceled Amid Winter Storm

As of 6 a.m., 7.4 inches was recorded at OHare, making this storm the fifth biggest in November. Snow was still falling, so that total could rise. O’Hare is the official site for record-keeping.

The bigger issue downtown: huge Lake Michigan waves crashing the shore line. There is a Lake Shore Flood Warning in effect.

Rain and a wintry mix of precipitation transitioned into heavier snow in the suburbs by Sunday night, with high winds, “thundersnow,” white-out conditions and snow falling at a rate of 2 or more inches per hour in some areas, according to the National Weather Service. The worst part of the storm was predicted to last until about 4 a.m. Monday.

The Evanston Police Department has lost power in the storm, but its 911 and non-emergency lines are still working.

The National Weather Service had much of the Chicago region under a winter storm warning Sunday, calling for as much as a foot of snow in areas north and west of the city and 4 to 8 inches west and south. Forecasters warned of “extremely dangerous” travel conditions into Monday morning and urged drivers to stay off the roads.

Evanston PD is currently without power. All 911 and not emergency lines are working fine. Call us if you need us.

Several suburban school districts made the decision Sunday night to cancel the next days classes and extracurricular activities, including those based in Elgin, Schaumburg, St. Charles, Gurnee, Grayslake, Antioch and Algonquin. People seeking to keep track of their school can check the emercency closing center website.

As expected, the Blizzard Warnings have expired. A Winter Storm Warning is still in effect for much of the Chicago area until 9 a.m.  A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect in Northwest Indiana.

“We were alerted Friday that we needed to change our original flight,” he said. “We made the change, then that flight was canceled this morning. Then we made an additional change, and then that change was changed. So now we have new seat assignments, and our gate is to be determined.”

McHenry County was one of the heaviest hit areas, with some towns there seeing 8 to 10 inches of snow overnight.

“Our top priority is keeping our customers safe and were prepared for the challenges we will face this winter, which includes not only keeping our roads clear of snow and ice but also assisting customers whose vehicles become disabled,” Executive Director Liz Gorman said.

Sgt. Andrew Thomas, with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, said the snow was easing as of 5 a.m.

The biggest issue now was dealing with blowing and drifting snow. He said there were no major accidents, just some spin-outs overnight. He urged people to avoid the roads this morning while crews work to clear the snow.

The Lake Forest Oasis, usually a good spot to ride out the storm or get a cup coffee and a bite to eat, is closed right now.

  Snow falls Sunday as people arrive for the Holiday Magic Celebration in Bensenville. Forecasters predicted the mix of rain and snow that passed through the suburbs for much of the day would turn to heavy snow overnight. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

The Lake Forest Oasis is dark-along with tollway streetlights. Heavy winds and heavy wet snow have taken their toll on power lines in some areas. We also went through a dark area on the Kennedy near Harlem. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/8Zb88fZiwM

  Veronica Lopez of Elmhurst shields herself from rain and snow Sunday afternoon while walking in Bensenville. The wintry mix across the suburbs early Sunday was expected to turn into heavy snow by Sunday night. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Ed Curran reports the entire area is in the dark, part of widespread power outages affecting about 140,000 customers.

  Travelers faced long lines Sunday at OHare International Airport, as a combination of busy holiday travel and winter weather caused problems. More than 300 flights had been canceled by 1:45 p.m. Steve Zalusky | Staff Photographer

CBS 2’s Ed Curran was driving in the Mobile Weather Lab when he came upon a jack-knifed semi on Interstate 294 near Half Day Road.

As of 5 a.m. Monday, 348 flights had been canceled at OHare International Airport, while 92 were facing delays, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. At Midway International Airport, 66 flights had been canceled and seven more were delayed.

Over in the western suburbs, Mike Puccinelli reports from Elmhurst that winds are dying down a bit, but it is still snowing. Several plows were seen clearing the areas near Spring Road and Eggleston Avenue.

Shortly after leaving downtown, where it was mostly raining, CBS 2’s Ed Curran found steadily falling snow on the North Side.  As Mobile Weather Lab approached Deerfield on Interstate 294, the tollway was covered with snow and driving was slippery.

Holiday travelers were facing delays and cancellations at both of Chicagos major airports as a winter storm moved into the area at the end of the weekend.

In Hoffman Estates, Vi Nguyen reports the bigger issue is high winds. Although snow continues to fall there.

As of 10 p.m., 740 flights had been canceled and 399 others were delays at OHare, the CDA said. Midway saw 124 canceled flights and 80 more delayed.

ComEd is reporting that 147,000 customers are currently without power due to the winter storm. A total of 265,000 had lost power since 7 p.m., Sunday but about 120,000 of those have been restored.

A massive snowstorm bearing down on the Chicago area has led to cancellations at both of the city's airports. | Sun-Times File Photo

Location Speed Time/Date Provider Chicago Crib 55 MPH 0210 AM 11/26 MARITIME 2 N Shorewood 54 MPH 0514 PM 11/25 CWOP Waukegan Harbor 53 MPH 0140 AM 11/26 NWS-GLOS Chicago OHare 52 MPH 0228 AM 11/26 ASOS 1 N Papineau 52 MPH 0515 PM 11/25 MESOWEST Wheeling – Chi Exec Airport 51 MPH 0124 AM 11/26 ASOS Calumet Harbor 49 MPH 0154 AM 11/26 NWLON Lakeview 49 MPH 0242 AM 11/26 CWOP West Chicago – DuPage Arpt 49 MPH 0137 AM 11/26 ASOS 1 NNW Munster 49 MPH 1019 PM 11/25 CWOP

Average delays at OHare were lasting 24 minutes, the CDA said. Midway was seeing less than 15 minutes in delays.

The blizzard warning for Chicago, Cook County, Will County and DuPage County has been lifted, CBS 2’s Robb Ellis reports. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for those locations.

About 24 flights arriving from Chicago to Pittsburgh were canceled Sunday evening, including those from American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Qantas Airlines, Southwest and others.

Visibility in some locations overnight was near zero. Expressway signs on the Eisenhower Expressway were unreadable in spots because they were covered in thick snow.

Most flights at the Pittsburgh International Airport to and from Chicago were canceled Sunday night due to heavy snow, according to the website FlightView.

Chicago’s airports have already canceled more than 300 flights on Monday due to a powerful winter storm that hit the area on Sunday.

Mary Ann Thomas is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary Ann at 724-226-4691, mthomas@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MaThomas_Trib.

ComEd crews were removing power line from the roadway and the Chicago Fire Department expects the road to open shortly.

Huge waves along Lake Michigan is causing flooding along the bike path near Navy Pier. There are several feet of water on the path.

All lanes of the Bishop Ford are shut down near 119th Street due to a fallen live power cable on the road, the Chicago Fire Department reports.

Blinding #snow just about shut down I-35 in Osceola, IA. Meanwhile, getting around on secondary roads wasnt easy either especially when semis get stuck. Special coverage 5-9 PM ET from here + @TevinWooten in the storm from metro Chicago on @weatherchannel pic.twitter.com/QdKV28SvXS

Update. Meade electric requested. This blockage will go on for some time. No service crews on scene yet

According to the airport, the largest number of flights, 770, were canceled at Chicago OHare International Airport (ORD), 187 flights were canceled at Kansas City International Airport (MCI), 124 flights at Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW).

Illinois State police are reporting people are stranded in their cars west of LaSalle County, on U.S. 6, between Interstate 180 and the town of Princeton.

Meteorologists expect from six to 10 inches of snow in the US Midwest, in some states as much as 12 inches of snow may fall. On Monday, the snow storm will move to the countrys northeast.

US Rt. 6 is closed from I-180 to Princeton due to high snow drifts and stuck vehicles. USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE. pic.twitter.com/H6yFPfS8vc

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@ISPDistrict17 is reporting people stranded in cars on US Route 6 between I-180 & Princeton – snowmobile rescues & 3-4ft High snow drifts; stay off the roads! #ilwx

According to the CNN broadcaster, 14 million people live in areas where a snow storm has been announced. Another 20 million residents of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa are warned of strong wind.

The storm that dumped nearly a foot of snow in Rockford on Sunday smashed the one-day record for the month.

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The total of 11.7 inches in Rockford was more than three times the previous November 25th record of 3.3 inches set in 1977. It also exceeds the monthly record of 9.5 inches set in 1951.

B-roll of #WinterStormBruce impacting @KCIAirport#winterstorm #snow #airport #snowplowing #KCIAirport #KansasCity #Missouri #KCMO #aviation (Please credit me if you wish to use!) pic.twitter.com/4esK3J1khW

To become one of the top five November storms, O’Hare needs to see more than six inches of snow.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – More than 1,600 flights at US airports have been cancelled and another 15,000 were delayed due to a snowstorm, according to the FlightAware website, which tracks civilian aircraft.

The snow is especially heavy in McHenry County, the town of McHenry reported nearly eight inches of snow as of 10 p.m. Sunday. Bull Valley reported nearly a foot. McHenry County Sheriff’s Police urged people to avoid the roads.

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With the snow ❄️ still coming down and the wind blowing the snow across the roadways we encourage you to not travel unless you absolutely have to. Visibility is limited and the roads are hazardous to travel. pic.twitter.com/d6Emglan45

A busy morning at OHare International Airport with some passengers changing plans and catching an early flight to avoid the snowstorm. 153 flights have been cancelled ahead of the snow. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/ymOMaFkvJ4

The snow will continue to intensify across the Chicago area. Here is what to expect over the next four hours.

“It sounds like the worst we are going to get in a while, Elliott said. Ive lived here for 10 years before I went off to college and when we heard 4 to 10 inches, we called the airline immediately.

Heavy snow continues Visibility near zero Wind Gusts 35 to 45 mph Blowing snow Snow rates 2+ per hour

CHICAGO (CBS)–On the heels of a busy travel day, Chicago’s airports have already canceled more than 300 flights on Monday due to a powerful winter storm that hit the area on Sunday.

Not snow covered at all downtown Chicago. Dramatically different from western suburbs. pic.twitter.com/mcYvEMzbvl

While some OHare travelers are waiting in long security lines, others are stuck and the airport and forced to make adjustments to their plans.

Lake County officials say sheriff’s deputies have responded to about 40 crashes so far in Lake County. Several cars spun into ditches. Snowfall in some areas was approaching 10 inches.

Oregon in Ogle County, 11.2 inches Pecatonica, Winnebago County 8.5 inches Bull Valley, McHenry County, 11.8 inches Rockford, Winnebago County 11.8 inches

The Illinois Department of Transportation has warned drivers on the road to plan ahead and expect heavy snow and high winds.

Mary Kay Kleist is looking at snow totals, and reports that 10.6 inches has already fallen in Woodstock. More snow totals:

Snow is stacking up… Blizzard conditions through the night as snow intensifies. Winds to 30mph & visibility to zero. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/9dKRYfv5IO

Two United Airlines flights from Chicago to South Bend Airport have been cancelled due to the threat of severe weather later tonight.

If the forecast holds up, this latest snow/blizzard could become one of the heaviest November storms in Chicago history.

Right now, the forecast calls for 6 to 8 inches of snow near O’Hare, where current official records are kept.

November 25-26, 1895: 12.0 inches November 20-21 2015, 11.2 inches November 6-7 1951, 9.3 inches November 25-26 1975, 8.9 inches November 26-27 1940, 6.4 inches November 25-26, 2018 ????

ComEd is reporting more than 6,400 customers in Cook County and 2,400 in DuPage County have been affected by outages so far with the most severe weather yet to come for these areas.

Travel turned tricky and dangerous this afternoon in Rockford. Drivers caught in the storm on Interstate 39 got stuck in ditches. A semi jack knifed on Interstate 90 near Cherry Valley. There were several inches of snow on the ground before sunset.

Cant quite tell where the lanes are on W. Roosevelt Road in Glen Ellyn. Theres still traffic on the road. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/IqQ987rJ8x

Parish Ashford can handle the snow tonight. It’s tomorrow that’s the real concern, CBS 2’s Charlie DeMar reports. Ashford has to go to work at 4 a.m. “If the roads aren’t clear, it’s going to be rough.”

For snow plow driver Greg Meehan the snow, “it’s money, so it keeps me busy. The fun part is trying to keep up when we get heavy snow like this.”

The heavy rain that had been falling for several hours in the Loop started to turn into snow. Snow is not sticking on the roads.

Heavy snow in north suburban Lake Forest is proving to be a challenge for drivers, as of Sunday night.

Drivers in #Lakeforrest say the blowing snow on expressway is making visibility difficult. @cbschicago @ilwx pic.twitter.com/umjJudq02m

CBS 2’s Robb Ellis says conditions will deteriorate very quickly overnight around the city. Travel will be very difficult all across Chicagoland overnight. Snow will continue through 9 a.m. in Illinois and until noon in Northwest Indiana, where there is only a winter weather advisory.

Most of city changes to snow North wind gusts 40 mph to 50 mph Temps dropping, visibility near zero. Travel becomes difficult. Snow rates 2 inches+ per hour

Midnight to 4 a.m. Heavy snow continues Visibility near zero Wind gusts 35 mph to 45 mph Blowing snow Snow rates 2 inches+ per hour

Heavy snow continues, but snow rates let up Blowing snow Wind gusts 30 mph to 40 mph Lake waves 10 to 15 feet

Snow wraps up from west to east Temperatures in 20s to near 30 Winds remain 20 to 35 mph Visibility improves

Metra advised riders to allow extra travel time Monday and to be cautious on platforms and near tracks. At this hour, the system plans to operate on a normal weekday schedule.

At this time, Metra plans to operate a weekday schedule on all lines. Any changes to those plans will be posted on our website and through customer alerts via Twitter and email.

In Vernon Hills, snow was falling fast.  Some people tried to get in some shopping before conditions got worse, CBS 2’s Charlie DeMar reports. Snow was also falling steadily in western suburbs, link Glen Ellyn.

The snow is coming down fast in #VernonHills. This man knew the snow was headed his way but wanted to do some holiday shopping before the week started. @cbschicago #ilwx pic.twitter.com/JC5hroggla

Chicago has deployed 211 salt spreaders to clear the main roads and Lake Shore Drive. The city will expand it to about 280 salt spreaders after 8 p.m., according to John Tully, commissioner of Streets and Sanitation. Once the main roads are clear, the city will move to residential streets. The city currently has 360,000 tons of salt stored at 19 locations. Residents can view the snow fleet in real time. 

Ahead of the snowfall, O’Hare International Airport has canceled 700 flights. A total of 123 flights were canceled at Midway.  “We expect operations to stabilize by tomorrow morning when the snowfall ends,” said Jamie Rhee, the commissioner for the city’s Department Of Aviation.

“We do plan on opening schools as normal tomorrow. We are making special preparations to make sure schools are safe,’ she said at a news conference this evening. “We have been monitoring it for the last 48 hours and believe we have taken the necessary steps so students and teachers can get to school safely.”

The Department of Streets and Sanitation has deployed 211 snow vehicles with salt spreaders focusing on the city’s arterial routes and Lake Shore Drive before transitioning to residential streets as needed.

ComEd has opened its Emergency Operations Center, increased crew staffing and is readying equipment to quickly respond to potential outages. Customers can text OUT to 26633 to report outages and receive restoration information. ComEd encourages the public to call 1-800-334-7661 (or 1-800-955-8237 for Spanish speakers) if they encounter downed power lines.

Cook, DuPage, Will and Grundy counties will be under Blizzard Warnings starting at 6 p.m. The worst conditions are expected to hit these areas this evening.

The Illinois Tollway has deployed 196 snowplows to combat the overnight snowfall, according to a statement on sunday afternoon. Officials advise drivers in need of help on Tollway system to dial *999 from a cellphone for assistance from Illinois State Police District 15.

A total of 400 flights have been canceled at O’Hare International Airport and 121 flights have been canceled at Midway International Airport. Both airports are still reporting average delays around 15 minutes and over.

Cook County sent out an alert reminding residents to take caution when driving during the winter storm. The statement recommends storing a safety kit in vehicles along with keeping gas tanks at least half full.

A total of 311 flights have been canceled at O’Hare International Airport and 121 flights have been canceled at Midway International Airport. Both airports are still reporting average delays around 15 minutes and over.

The Coast Guard sent out a statement warning people to stay away from the shores of Lake Michigan during the winter storm. According to the statement, the Lakeshore Flooding Warning is in effect and life threatening waves could be as high as 12 to 18 ft.

A total of 260 flights have been canceled at O’Hare International Airport and 114 flights have been canceled at Midway International Airport. Both airports are still reporting average delays around 15 minutes and over.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and city officials announced they will meet with Chicago Snow Command to update the public on winter weather preparations. This update will come at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

A Blizzard Warning is in effect for parts of north central and northeast Illinois. Some of the counties include Some of the counties include Lake, McHenry, DeKalb, Kane, La Salle and Kendall.

BLIZZARD WARNING for N Illinois. This evening to tomorrow morning. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/F8ZoEW5zZ2

A total of 205 flights have been canceled at O’Hare International Airport and 84 flights have been canceled at Midway International Airport. Both airports are reporting average delays around 15 minutes and over.

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