Snowstorms in Chicago Moving Towards Washington D.C. Cancels Over 1,000 Flights

by Colonel on March 5, 2013

“A March storm, its eyes set on Washington, D.C., broke a snowfall record in Chicago and prompted the cancellation of more than 1,000 flights for Wednesday.

The system was expected to dump up at least 4 inches in Pittsburgh beginning Tuesday evening as it moved toward the District of Columbia and Baltimore, which braced for potentially significant accumulations, according to the National Weather Service.

Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport had 6 inches of snow by Tuesday afternoon, besting a 1999 record for the date by 2.2 inches. It was the first 6-inch snowfall in the Windy City since the Groundhog Day blizzard of 2011, the National Weather Service said.

United Airlines said about 650 flights systemwide for Wednesday were canceled, most to and from Dulles International Airport near Washington.

U.S. Airways reported 350 cancellations for Wednesday, and American Airlines called off 20 flights, down from 360 on Tuesday.

” — Phil Gast and Ben Brumfield, Copyright 2013 Cable News Network

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