Several flights in and out of Chicago O’Hare and Midway airports have been cancelled due to a winter storm that has caused moderate/heavy snowfall near the Upper Midwest and Lower Great Lake areas.
A snow warning from Sunday afternoon has reported an expected 10 inches (25cm) of snowfall around midnight CST, according to the National Weather Service. It has further warned of difficult driving conditions, since snow started falling Saturday afternoon.
United Air Lines and American Airlines have lifted most regional flights from Chicago O’Hare airport, which is the fourth busiest airport in the world, as well as some mainline service too.
Most Southwest Air flights from Midway International Airport on Sunday evening and Monday morning have also been cancelled, both reports coming from the airports themselves.
This storm is one of the first causing air traffic in this region so far this winter, and many customers have taken their frustration to social media.
Famous rock band One Republic has even taken things to Twitter as well to apologize for alterations in their touring schedules – specifically their Las Vegas show – due to the storm, writing, “To all our fans in Vegas – we are stuck in Chicago from the snow storm, we are so so sorry. Winter weather is (sic) wrecked our plans. This sucks.”
The show was set for Sunday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Overall, more than 1200 flights were cancelled in and out of O’Hare airport, and nearly 200 from Midway, according to the Flightaware tracking service.