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Midwest Snow Grounds RDU Travelers

Posted December 10, 2000

— A snow storm is socking Chicago, causing travel problems in more places than just the Windy City.

Ablizzard warninghas grounded hundreds of flights at O'Hare International Airport.UnitedandAmerican Airlinescanceled about a third of their flights Monday in anticipation of the storm.

Chicago's snow has Triangle travelers feeling under the weather.

Frustrated travelers at RDU have been waiting hours trying to get a flight to Chicago. One flight after another was canceled throughout the day.

Some General Electric employees are trying to get to Chicago for a meeting. All possible flights were canceled.

"It's very frustrating knowing that we're not going to be able to go, knowing that our meeting is still going on," says traveler Kelly Jernigan.

If Chicago gets all the snow it is expecting, it could be days before anyone flies in or out of the city. It also means problems for air travelers across the country.

"Chicago O'Hare is the second busiest airport in the nation, so anytime they have weather-related problems, the domino effect at other major airports just increases the longer the situation lasts," says RDU spokesman Mike Blanton. " So this is something that we could well see impacts from tomorrow morning."

Hundreds of miles away from the storm, Dan Klein, a freshman at Methodist College in Fayetteville, is stranded at RDU overnight. He will do things differently the next time he heads home to Minnesota for the holidays.

" I'll probably call my family and ask what the weather is like back home and call the morning of my flight most definitely so I can avoid this situation next time," he says.

If you plan to fly in or through Chicago or another Midwestern city, call the airport or your airline to check on the status of your flight.

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