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At Least 700 Chicago Flights Canceled Due to Winter Storm Bella

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | November 21, 2015

At Least 700 Chicago Flights Canceled Due to Winter Storm Bella

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The Midwest is feeling the brunt of Bella, a rare heavy November winter storm that’s causing an increasing number of flight cancellations at Chicago’s two main airports.

By midday Saturday, the slow-moving system had dumped 11.1 inches of snow on O'Hare International Airport, said, leading to almost 500 cancellations and slightly more than 500 delays for combined inbound and outbound flights by late afternoon, per At the same time, is showing zero visibility at the airport, and reports “all airplane ground traffic has ceased.”

Meanwhile, Midway International Airport, located in the southeast part of the Windy City, had 200 cancelled and just over 100 delayed departing and arriving flights, according to Flightaware. said a number of Midwest locales from southeastern South Dakota to southern Wisconsin received a foot of snow of more, and citizens will have to deal with the risk of fallen tree limbs and power lines.

Bella’s “relative lack of moisture and quick-moving nature … should mitigate this from becoming a crippling storm for many,” explained, but added, “slow down, leave extra time if you must travel, or consider postponing your trip.” 

By Saturday night, the system will start to move into the Northeast, bringing snow into northern Pennsylvania, Upstate New York and New England as the week starts, per

And, of course, check with your carrier before heading to the airport if flying to or from Chicago.


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