Hundreds of flights in Chicago canceled due to winter storm

Hundreds of flights in Chicago canceled due to winter storm

Amtrak cancelled some trains Saturday from Chicago to Washington and NY and between NY and Boston and Pennsylvania on Sunday.

In New York City, the worst of the storm was expected from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, with snow accumulations of 3-6 inches (7.5-15 centimeters), followed by rain that could turn to ice as temperatures drop later Sunday.

The storm tapered off by noon Saturday, with snow totals reaching the bottom end of the predicted 5 to 9 inches of snowfall, the weather service said.

Friday night's storm pushed into northern IL overnight and dumped 5 inches of snow by noon Saturday at O'Hare International Airport, and 5.3 inches at Midway International Airport, the weather service said.

"Customers with reservations on trains that are being modified will typically be accommodated on trains with similar departure times or another day", the passenger railroad service said.

As of 2:35 p.m. Saturday, 1,031 flights had been canceled at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

As a result, several major airlines have started issuing travel waivers for customers flying to or from destinations expecting heavy snow.

A United Airlines plane has skidded off a runway at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport amid snowy and icy weather. The airliner slid onto a runway overrun area, Southwest Airlines said.

Forecasters at one point said that conditions in the Northeast "could approach blizzard criteria" as the storm rages on.

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The second storm will exit the Rockies and likely will begin to drop snow across Kansas over the weekend.

Tom Wolf signed a state of emergency declaration to give officials access to more storm-related resources. However, winds could gust up to 35 miles per hour, causing blowing and drifting snow through Saturday night. Crews worked on arterial routes and Lake Shore Drive before moving to residential streets about noon Saturday. Both cities may get more than half a foot of snow if the conditions remain right.

The storm system will organize a little more as it rapidly moves east Saturday, with snow moving along the Interstate 80 and Interstate 70 corridors from IL to Pennsylvania and NY.

This second storm will be more significant for the Northeast than the first. At this time, it's uncertain exactly where the line between rain and snow will form.

The Interstate 95 corridor through New England seems to be where the bulk of the ice will form, with up to an inch of freezing rain possible in Connecticut, Rhode Island and MA.

ComEd reported 121 power outages overnight. It's expected to happen so fast it would instantly freeze any moisture on the ground or surrounding objects.

Areas where the storm had already moved out by midday faced bitter cold and strong winds.

This arctic air will spill out across the country later next week as far south as Florida, leaving most of the continental United States with below-average temperatures.

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