Airlines cancel more than 200 flights at O’Hare, Midway amid Halloween snowstorm

The cancelations come amid a winter weather advisory in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday, stretching from Chicago to Rockford.

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Airlines canceled more than 200 flights in Chicago Thursday morningamida Halloween snowstorm pushing through the Chicago area.

Midway International Airportreported 125canceled flights by 8 a.m., according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. That’s out of a total of 559 flights over the last 24 hours.

Despite the cancellations,there were 16 delayed flightsat Midway averagingunder 15 minutes each, the aviation department said.

Over the last 24 hours, O’Hare International Airport canceled 85 flights and reported 316 delayed flights.

The cancelations come amid awinter weather advisory in effectuntil6 p.m. Thursday,stretching fromnorthwest Indiana to Chicago to Rockford, the National Weather Service said.

O’Hare is expected is get 2 to 3 inches of snow by sunset, while Midway should see between 1 and 2 inches, according to weather service meteorologist Todd Kluber.

By 8 a.m. Thursday, O’Hare recorded 0.2 inches of snow, while Midway did not have a measurable amount,Kluber said.

A heavy band of snow already in Kane County is expected to move east throughout the day and hit Chicago by noon, Kluber said.Thebrunt of thesnowfall is expected betweennoonand 4 p.m.

Snowfall totalswill be lowest near the lake, where only a half inch of snow is expected to fall, Kluber said.

On Wednesday, the firstsnowstorm of the seasondumped 1.2 inches of snow at O’Hare and knocked out power to 48,000 ComEd customers.

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