Hundreds of flights cancelled as more snow moves into Chicago area

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Nearly 600 flights have been canceled at Chicago’s airports as another winter storm moves into that area that could bring up to 6 inches of additional snow.

A winter weather advisory will be in effect until midnight Tuesday for much of northern Illinois and northwest Indiana, according to the National Weather Service. Afternoon snowfall, which started to pick up about 3 p.m., was expected to result in 1-3 inches of accumulation. Another three inches could fall at night, mainly before 10 p.m.

As of 4:10 p.m., 542 flights had been canceled at O’Hare International Airport, while 39 flights had been grounded at Midway International Airport, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. It’s likely the cancellations are related to the weather conditions.

Drivers should also expect travel difficulties during the evening commute and overnight, the weather service said. Commuters should use caution while traveling and be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities.

The area could also see wind chill values as low as minus 3 degrees Monday night, according to the weather service.

More snow is likely to arrive Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, according to the weather service. The snow could pick up again Thursday night, lasting into Friday night.

A little more than an inch of snow fell over the Chicago area throughout Sunday, according to the weather service, potentially relieving Art Van Furniture from a costly Super Bowl sales promotion. The company promised to refund furniture purchases of $999 or higher made between Jan. 5 and 8, but only if it snowed at least three inches at O’Hare International Airport on Super Bowl Sunday.

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