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Ground stop at Chicago OHare as big winter storm moves in
« on: January 12, 2024, 09:45:11 AM »

Over 1,000 flights have been canceled nationwide Friday as major winter storms prepare to unleash blizzard conditions, flooding rain and tornadoes.

The Midwest and the Great Lakes are in the crosshairs Friday morning.

Blizzard warnings are in effect for six states from Nebraska to Wisconsin, including the major cities of Des Moines, Iowa, and Green Bay, Wisconsin. Strong winds are expected to accompany the snow, creating whiteout conditions, Snowfall could range from 6 to 12 inches.  In Illinois, roads are already covered with snow and visibility is poor.

The National Weather Service in Chicago asked drivers to consider postponing their travel Friday morning.

A ground stop was issued at Chicago O'Hare International Airport Friday morning due to snow and ice.

Chicago O'Hare has canceled at least 25% of its Friday flights so far.  In the South, the same storm system is producing severe weather such as damaging winds, tornadoes and large hail from Texas to the Carolinas.

On Friday, severe weather is forecast from Mississippi to North Carolina with the bull's-eye for damaging winds in northern Mississippi, from Jackson to Tupelo.

Tornadoes are possible in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. 

Chicago O'Hare Intl (KORD) is currently experiencing:
departure delays an average of 43 minutes (and increasing)
inbound flights delayed at their origin an average of 2 hours
arrival delays for airborne aircraft an average of 32 minutes (and decreasing)