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    Impacts from Hurricane Sandy, Even in Chicago

    By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
    October 29, 2012, 12:00:01 AM EDT

    Despite making landfall hundreds of miles away, Sandy still threatens to impact some people in Chicago early next week.

    Monday and Tuesday are shaping up to be partly sunny, dry and chilly days in Chicago, but airline passengers may find themselves stranded at the city's O'Hare International Airport or Midway International Airport with Hurricane Sandy to blame.

    The Northeast is bracing for a historic event Monday and Tuesday as Sandy moves onshore with widespread damaging winds, flooding rain, severe coastal flooding and high-elevation snow.

    The severity of the situation is sure to force airlines to cancel flights throughout the Northeast, including at the heavily-traveled airports around New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

    The ripple-effect from these cancelled flights threatens to create a travel nightmare in Chicago with airline passengers waiting for planes that are held up in the Northeast.

    The flight backlog created by Sandy may take extra long to fix since the storm (which will no longer be a tropical system after Tuesday) may not fully exit the Northeast until next weekend. It is not out of the question that a shower along Sandy's backside grazes Chicago Wednesday or Thursday.

    Those flying to and from Chicago next week, especially from Monday to Wednesday, should consider trying to reschedule their flight to this weekend.


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