OHare delays continue hours after November snowstorm; Metra seeing few delays for evening commute

O\Hare delays continue hours after November snowstorm; Metra seeing few delays for evening commute
Travel chaos: Blizzard-like conditions in Midwest ground thousands of flights, snarl roads
A commuter walks to a bus stop as snow falls, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Chicago. A wintry storm brought blizzard-like conditions to parts of the Midwest early Monday, grounding hundreds of flights and causing some road traffic chaos as commuters returned to work after the Thanksgiving weekend. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

The Federal Aviation Administration’s website said flights arriving to O’Hare were delayed by an average of three hours and six minutes.

The storm has left the Midwest and is now moving into the Northeast as heavy rain. The storm is threatening to bring flash flooding from Philadelphia to New York City and up to Boston, just in time for the evening commute.

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The first major winter storm of the season targeting the Midwest at the end of the busy Thanksgiving weekend has created travel headaches that stretched into Monday, with hundreds of flights grounded and major highways closed.

“What are you gonna do? Its the weather,” traveler David Erickson told ABC News as he waited at OHare Sunday. “You just gotta deal with what they give you and they cant really control the weather.”

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The National Weather Service said the storm has dropped over a foot of snow from parts of the Mississippi Valley into the greater Chicago area, where heavy snow was beginning to taper off as daylight broke.

Iowa got the most snowfall among Midwestern states with totals of up to 17 inches, while Rockford, Illinois, got almost a foot, making history as the biggest November snowstorm for that area.

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The storm was strong enough to cause "thundersnow" in some areas, which prompted a warning from the NWS' Chicago office.

“The better option, I guess, would have been to drive, but having to drive in the snow is probably not much fun either,” he said. “I guess we just wait it out and see what we get.”

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"…just because it is snowing, does not diminish the dangers from lightning," the agency said. "Remember, if you're close enough to hear thunder or see lightning, you should seek shelter indoors! Shoveling or snow blowing can wait!"

The storm was also bringing wind gusts up to 50 mph throughout northern Illinois, leading to whiteout conditions on area highways. The strong winds also caused power outages for tens of thousands of people across the Chicago area, FOX32 reported.

The snow that fell out to the west may give us an idea of what we can expect come through our area, too. In Iowa City, heavy snow fell earlier, causing poor road conditions and slippery roads. Plow crews will work into the morning clearing roads and parking lots. At least half a foot fell in Iowa City.

For travelers flying out of Chicago's two main airports, the winter storm put their plans on hold. As of Monday morning, over 800 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport, while Midway International Airport reported about 70 flights had been canceled, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

The storm is blanketing our neighbors in northern Illinois. The snow started falling around noon Sunday in the Rockford area and steadily picked up throughout the afternoon. It is wet and heavy, blowing snow, making for poor road conditions for anyone out traveling. Visibility is about half a mile.

"Make sure that you give yourself plenty of time and if all possible, do not travel if you don't have to," said Alicia Tate-Nadeau, the executive director of the Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

Nearly 1,000 flights have been canceled across the Midwest, as millions head home from their Thanksgiving celebrations. A handful of flights to Chicago were canceled Sunday at Dane County Regional Airport in Madison.

Crews de-ice an American Airlines plane at OHare International Airport on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Noreen Nasir)

Heavy snow will fall on Rock and Green counties in the 27 News viewing area, but they’re not the only ones getting hit.

"I knew it was right around the corner, and behold I stayed that one extra day and paid the price. So I was able to spend the evening here at beautiful O'Hare and had plenty of company," Mark McCoy told the Associated Press.

A commuter walks to a bus stop as snow falls, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Kearney resident Amy Scott told the Kansas City Star her brother-in-law, his wife and their son were hoping to make it as far as Salina, Kan., on Sunday evening. They reported seeing numerous crashes on Interstate 70, including an ambulance that was tipped over on its side. Scott added that the group was stuck on the highway for approximately an hour and hoped not to run out of gas.

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Further west in Kansas City, which got the brunt of the storm on Sunday, officials warned travelers that morning flights out of Kansas City International Airport were facing cancellations due to aircraft not being able to get in.

FlightAware reported that 792 flights into or out of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport had been canceled as of 9 p.m. local time, with another 426 flights experiencing delays. Another 124 flights into or out of Chicago Midway International Airport were canceled, with 83 other flights experiencing delays.

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The airport was forced to close for several hours due to low visibility and heavy snow, as maintenance crews had to clear the runway.

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Bridget Fortner, who was trying to get to Newark, New Jersey with her family had to connect through Chicago and had their original flight canceled.

Separately, a portion of Interstate 29 was shut down in Missouri, near the Iowa border. As much as a foot was expected in Chicago. The weather service said on Twitter Sunday night that Kansas City International Airport got 5.3 inches of snow, and at least 7 inches fell in Rockford, Illinois.

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This Nov. 25, 2018 photo which was released by the Nebraska State Patrol, shows a broken up trailer amid blowing snow on Interstate 80 near Bradshaw, Neb. (Nebraska State Patrol via AP)

In Kansas, a large stretch of Interstate 70, spanning much of the state, was closed between Junction City and WaKeeney on Sunday, and Gov. Jeff Colyer declared a state of emergency. Separately, a portion of Interstate 29 was shut down due to heavy snow in Missouri, near the Iowa border.

In eastern Nebraska, part of Interstate 80 between Lincoln and Omaha was closed Sunday morning because of multiple accidents after snow blanketed that area. That included semitrailer trucks jackknifed across the highway. It was re-opened by Sunday afternoon.

Heavy snow also left motorists stranded in western Illinois, forcing police to use snowmobiles to rescue people trapped in their cars.

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Illinois State police and LaSalle County emergency management said crews were removing people from their cars by snowmobile and urged people to stay off the roads into Monday, WBBM-TV reported.

Conditions are expected to improve Monday as the storm system moves out, but downed tree limbs and power lines will continue to affect people throughout the day.


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