Midwest, Northeast Snow Delays Flights

January 21, 2012; 4:08 PM
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A snowstorm that brought more than 7 inches of snow to parts of Illinois and about 7 inches to parts of Pennsylvania has caused flight delays and cancellations from Chicago to New York.

A snowstorm tracked from Illinois across the Northeast from Friday into Saturday, delivering anywhere from about 1 inch to 7.3 inches to cities in its path.

"Chicago's O'Hare Airport reported 5.4 inches of snow from yesterday's storm," said AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

The O'Hare International Airport had delays that averaged one and a half hours due to snow and ice. There were 700 flights canceled by 3:30 p.m. EST.

The Chicago Midway Airport canceled about 100 fights.

Airports in the Northeast are experiencing flight cancellations and delays as a result of Saturday's snow.

The Washington Dulles International Airport, Baltimore Washington International Airport, Pittsburgh International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport and the John F. Kennedy International Airport were all reporting flight delays and cancellations as of 11 a.m. EST on Saturday.

"There was 1.5 inches of snow on the ground at the JFK Airport as of 10 a.m. Saturday," said Pydynowski.

"Visibility was down to one quarter of a mile between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m EST at the LaGuardia Airport in New York," said Pydynowski.

AccuWeather Meteorologist Daniel Depodwin, while viewing a web cam, said, "The snow is coming down so hard in New York City, you can't see the skyline from the Statue of Liberty."

The snow was still falling in New York as of 11 a.m.

Airline passengers should check with their individual airline carriers before heading to the airport.

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