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Chicago cancels hundreds of flights, Blizzard Warning issued

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In anticipation of a storm, some 301 flights had been canceled at Chicago O'Hare International Airport by Sunday noon, with some 202 others facing delays.

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Midway International Airport, another airport in Chicago, was in the same situation. By Sunday noon, 121 flights had been canceled and 45 others were delayed.

The average delays at the two airports were less than 15 minutes, the Chicago Sun-Times quoted Chicago Department of Aviation as saying.

The National Weather Service forecast Saturday that a winter storm will move through the Chicago area Sunday. From 6 p.m. Sunday until 9 a.m. Monday, heavy snowfall and wind gusts up to 50 mph are expected to impact Cook, DuPage, Kendall, Grundy and Will counties, the National Weather Service warned.

The weather service forecast that the peak storm conditions will start 7 p.m. in the Chicago area.

Due to the conditions, the U.S. Coast Guard has advised people to stay off of Lake Michigan and away from beaches and other areas near the shore.

A Blizzard Warning was issued Sunday for much of the Chicago area, turning the afternoon drizzle into snow that could accumulate to more than a foot in some areas.

Most Chicago area counties were upgraded to a Blizzard Warning starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. The warning for Cook, DuPage, Grundy and Will counties extends until 9 a.m. Monday. The warning for Boone, DeKalb, Kane,Kendall, Lake, LaSalle and McHenry counties extends until 6 a.m.

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