REPORTING 03.21.08 1230 EDT: A fairly rare, springtime
snowstorm is expected to wreak havoc around the Chicago area
Friday, with forecasters predicting up to 11" of heavy, wet snow...
just in time to mess with holiday travel plans for many airline
At this time, departure delays at O'Hare International (ORD) are
running between 45-60 minutes on average, with 30 minute delays
common at Midway (MDW). Airlines serving both
airports cancelled flights ahead of the storm, which could
drop as much as two inches of snow an hour.
That's not the worst of it, however. According to the FAA, some
arrivals into ORD have been delayed, on average, three hours and 23
minutes. Ground stops have been in effect on-and-off throughout the
As many as 280 flights have been cancelled between the two
airports, according to The Associated Press.
The snowstorm is expected to last into Saturday morning.