Major Storm Hits Midwest, Numerous Flights Cancelled, Delayed

By Jesse Sokolow on 20 February 2014
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Snowplow clearing the roads after heavy snow

Roads in many parts of the Midwest will require plowing once again

Another winter storm moved in on the Midwest Thursday, causing hundreds of flights to be cancelled and thousands to be delayed.  The storm has brought everything from snow and sleet, to thunderstorms and heavy fog, and will continue to push east throughout Thursday.

As of 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time Thursday, over 900 flights had been cancelled, with over 3,300 delayed in the United States.  In Minneapolis, the city with the largest number of flight cancellations, 329 flights have been cancelled, and another 119 have been delayed.

Chicago took both the second and third spots for cancelled flights, with O’Hare International Airport seeing 232 cancellations, as well as 682 delays, and Chicago Midway International Airport seeing 176 cancellations, and 99 delays.

Des Moines, Iowa, which has been experiencing snow showers throughout the day, saw 31 flights cancelled out of Des Moines International Airport, in addition to 20 delays, a significant number for an airport with such light air traffic.

Further east, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport has had 37 cancellations, as well as 313 delays, while Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has had 25 cancelled flights, along with 86 delays.

In Minneapolis, where heavy snow has been falling and will continue to fall into Thursday night, 3” to 10” are expected to be on the ground by the time it stops.  Des Moines could also see significant accumulation, with anywhere from 3” to 8” possible by late Thursday night.

As the storm moves east, snow will likely turn into rain, with Madison, Wisconsin expected to receive thunderstorms Thursday afternoon.  The rain will continue into Thursday night, although the city could possibly experience slight amounts of snow, totaling less than one inch if it does, as the air turns colder at night.

In Chicago, there is a chance of scattered thunderstorms Thursday afternoon, as well as areas experiencing heavy fog.  The Windy City will live up to its nickname, as the National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for the city for Thursday night, with heavy winds and more thunderstorms expected.

Detroit will be hit with rain showers and patches of fog Thursday evening, which will develop into thunderstorms and widespread fog as Thursday night continues.  The city can expect between 0.25” and 0.5” of rainfall.

In Cleveland, heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected Thursday night, with up to 0.75” of rainfall possible.  The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the city late Thursday night.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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