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

Flights out of Chicago to west MI airports began cancelling Thursday night and that may mean some disruption in travel schedules today.

Kieran Sheridan, chief operating officer for the Chicago Department of Aviation, said in a Friday press conference that the city's airports were "well-prepared".

"We will be doing everything we can to prepare for and combat this major winter storm", said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski in the statement.

Midday Sunday, light snow will taper off and by the end of the weekend - parts of Chicago area could see a total of more than a foot of snow on the ground over the week, including 1-3 inches of accumulation from the snowfall late Tuesday night into Wednesday, according to the news outlet.

United Airlines said on Twitter that waivers were in effect for snow-hit areas this week, allowing travelers to change flights without charges. In southeastern MI, a winter storm watch is in effect through Friday night with 5 to 9 inches forecast in Detroit and its suburbs. Still, the city experienced dozens of vehicle crashes Thursday evening and early Friday.

Crashes were reported, including a multi-vehicle smashup that closed a stretch of eastbound Interstate 94 near Ann Arbor.

The expectation of up to 12 inches around Chicago prompted officials to close the city's public schools to about 390,000 students Friday.

Thousands of air travelers are being delayed by a winter snowstorm that's moving across the across the upper Midwest.

Right now there are seven flights cancelled to and from Traverse City's Cherry Capital Airport. Schools across MI also cancelled classes.

Schools in Detroit shut for the day along with Wayne State University in Detroit and other schools across MI.

In 2011, residents weathered 20 inches of snow over two days.

Continuous snowfall is forecast in the metro Buffalo area through early Saturday.

The BNSF line on Chicago's Metra commuter rail service was operating Friday but on an adjusted snow schedule, the system said in a statement Thursday.

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