East Coast storm helps cancel about 190 flights in Chicago

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A massive snowstorm bearing down on the East Coast led to hundreds of flights being canceled Monday morning at O’Hare International Airport and dozens more at Midway. | Sun-Times File Photo

What could be historically bad weather for the East Coast on Monday helped cancel about 190 flights at O’Hare and Midway airports, though very little snow is forecast for Chicago.

As of 4 p.m., flights were not experiencing any delays, but airlines had canceled more than 160 flights at O’Hare, according to the city Department of Aviation. Some flights at Midway were experiencing delays of up to 25 minutes, and about 30 flights had been canceled.

While not all of the cancellations were weather-related, some were a direct result of weather on the East Coast, according to Aviation.

The blizzard, expected for several states on the East Coast, is expected to drop anywhere from 18-24 inches of snow between Monday and Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

A few flakes might fall on the Chicago area Monday, but it will be a mere dusting by comparison, the National Weather Service office in Romeoville said. Up to an inch of snow is possible, most likely north of I-80.

Still, the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation has deployed its full fleet of 280 plows to make sure arterial streets are clear ahead of the afternoon rush, the department said in a statement.

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