May 31, 2020 | 4:49 PM IST
snowfall in chicago

Snow blanket leads to cancellation of over 1200 flights in Chicago

Heavy snowfall between 2 and 6 inches in northern Illinois has led to the cancellation of about 1,200 flights at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and an average delay of 80-minutes of flights that took off.

A plane from Greensboro, North Carolina slid off the O’Hare icy runway on Monday morning. Fortunately, none of the 38-onboard passengers and three crew members were injured.
The National Weather Service (NWS) on Monday said that the snowfall has ended in Northern Illinois, but the lake effect snow will continue till Tuesday. The NWS said that the temperatures plummet overnight on Monday leading to the thick layer of snow.

The NWS predicted -6 degree Celsius on Tuesday which is seven degrees lower than the last year’s record of November 12. The weather agency has also issued an advisory expecting heaviest snowfall over the northern and central parts of the Chicago area.
In New York, the temperatures are set to drop sharply to 0 degrees Celsius by late Tuesday and trees, foliage, sidewalks, and streets are already covered with dangerous layers of ice.

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