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Full ground stop at Chicago O’Hare airport amid winter storm

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Full ground stop at Chicago O'Hare airport amid winter storm

The Federal Aviation Administration suspended all flights in and out of Chicago's O'Hare Airport – one of the busiest in the country – due to a severe winter storm

January 18, 2020 at 1:41 am

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CHICAGO –
The Federal Aviation Administration suspended all flights in and out of Chicago O & # 39; Hare Airport on Friday night due to a winter storm that hit large sections of the Midwest that led to the closure of schools, universities and offices from the government.

The FAA said on its website that the stop would last until 9 pm. CST. Hundreds of flights were already canceled on Friday at the airport, one of the busiest in the country.

The previous Friday, a plane slipped from a taxiway at Kansas City International Airport. The Delta Air Lines flight was taxiing to be defrosted before flying to Detroit when the umbrella slipped off the runway, said Delta spokeswoman Martha Witt. There were no reports of injuries aboard the Airbus A319, which carried 123 passengers and a crew of six. Witt said the airline was trying to place passengers on Delta flight 1114 on other planes.

The airport was closed and several flights were canceled in the morning, but flights resumed around noon. Most of Friday's flights from Nashville, Tennessee, were canceled, probably disrupting travel plans for Tennessee Titans fans flying to Kansas City for the AFC championship game on Sunday with the Chiefs, reported the KCTV.

St. Louis Lambert International Airport reported that more than 130 flights were canceled as of midday Friday and American Airlines suspended all flights to Missouri's Columbia Regional Airport until noon on Saturday.

Slippery conditions occur after the National Weather Service issued warnings about the winter weather, saying the storm will create dangerous travel conditions from the northeastern plains until the weekend. Snow is expected in much of the Great Lakes, with a blizzard alert for parts of the Upper Midwest.

The winter weather warning extended south, west Oklahoma and north Arkansas, where rain was expected on Friday.

In South Dakota and Minnesota, dozens of schools canceled classes on Friday before the expected snowfall during the day.

In Kansas, Governor Laura Kelly closed state offices in the Topeka area, asking people in a press release to "stay safe and warm, be cautious and allow road crews to do their job".

A storm that struck during Friday morning covered the roads of Salt Lake City with up to 13 cm of snow. Early warning allowed a late start for the state government and some schools, which kept the number of accidents at a relatively low level 75, the police said.

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