More Than a Thousand Flights Canceled at Chicago Airports Amid Snowstorm

More than 1200 flights were canceled at Chicago airports Monday amid a major snowstorm.

At least 656 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport as of 8 a.m., according to the Chicago Department of Aviation, with delays averaging around 44 minutes. Midway Airport saw just 69 cancellations at the same time, the CDA reported, with fewer delays of less than 15 minutes.

As of 3 p.m. Monday, O'Hare reported a total of 1227 flight cancellations with an average of 66-minute delays; while Midway reported 71 total flight cancellations and an average of 15-minute delays.

Air traffic was snarled across the Midwest beginning Sunday afternoon, with much of the Midwest under Blizzard or Winter Storm Warnings on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

The November blizzard even put a big wrench in the travel plans of some Broadway actors. Looks like the cast and crew of 'The Grinch That Stole Christmas,' which just wrapped up their shows at the Chicago Theatre, got their flight to Boston cancelled—leaving them stranded at O’Hare. 

Traveling on the road turned treacherous as well, with more than a foot of snow in some Chicago suburbs making for slick and slippery driving conditions.

Hundreds of area schools were also closed, with a full list of closings available here.

The snowfall continued into Monday morning, expected to move east and taper off by late morning for a cold and windy day with highs in the 30s.

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