2,600 flights grounded amid massive winter storm
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – More than 2,600 flights in the northern United States have been grounded in the wake of a massive winter storm, which killed four people in separate accidents in the country.
In Chicago, O’Hare airport cancelled nearly 900 flights, while another 260 were grounded at Chicago Midway on Tuesday. More than 100 flights were cancelled in Minneapolis and Minnesota. In Washington, nearly 1,162 flights were cancelled on Wednesday amid fears that the storm will hit the region on late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
The authorities on Wednesday ordered shut down of schools as the storm already dumped between 38 and 60 centimeters of snow in North Dakota and Montana respectively.
Roads and highways are forced to be closed, as it became impassible, since the huge storm passes from Minnesota to Virginia, dumping several centimeters of snow in the dozens of states that come on its path.
According to National Weather Service, as much as 2.5cm of snow were expected during the evening rush hour in heavily populated Chicago area. The service warned the residents to stay inside their houses until the storm settles and travel only in case of an emergency.