1,000 Flights Canceled In Chicago, Midwest: Will Winter Storm Saturn Leave You Stranded? [VIDEO REPORT]
Over 1,000 flights canceled as Winter Storm Saturn threatens to blanket parts of the country in snow. In Chicago alone at least 1,100 flights have been canceled ahead of the coming blizzard, AP reports.
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1,000 flights canceled may be just the tip of the iceberg as Winter Storm Saturn prepares to hit the Chicago area. With up to 10 inches bearing down on the "windy city." The decision to cancel over a thousand flights in the Midwest was likely a response to the blizzard two years ago that left hundreds of people stranded and stuck in cars and busses in Chicago.
1,000 flights canceled in Chicago alone marks the latest news in a story that's been developing for days. Winter Storm Saturn first developed as part of a storm system over Montana before hitting the Dakotas as well as Minnesota on Monday. The snow storm then sped towards Wisconsin and Illinois on its way to Washington, D.C. by late Tuesday night.
1,000 flights canceled as Chicago's residents prepare for the worst. Since the 2011 Blizzard, Chicago has has relatively light winters, but this year precautions are being taken. The O'Hare International Airport in Chicago was closed at 4 p.m.. The Illinois Department of Transportation told AP in an email that "traffic was lighter than normal on Chicago expressways Tuesday afternoon, an indication that many people took public transportation instead of cars." The spokesperson also noted that have been "no reports of any major traffic accidents."
1,000 flights canceled may have been just the reality check many Chicago residents needed to jolt them into reality.
"I thought it was just media hype," Stacia Kopplin told AP on her way back home to the suburbs by train.
Schools are also closed across Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois, and government officials have issued warning against icy roads. Winter Storm Saturn already claimed at least one victim when a semi-trailer slid off of the snow-covered interstate. The vehicle's passenger is still missing, but the search has been suspended during the night.
But 1,000 flights canceled may not be enough to make everyone take notice and proper safety precautions.
"In general, everyone's attitude is pretty tired," Iowa resident David Koch told AP. "I think people are tired of the snow and the gloomy weather."
1,000 flights canceled in Chicago alone is just part of a bigger picture. As of earlier this morning, over 3,300 flights in the US had been canceled while over 4,000 were delayed. Check out FlightStats and FlightAware for up to date information and updates as they come in or to find out if your own flights have been canceled.
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