Dense fog has caused nearly 100 flights to be canceled and more than 400 others to be delayed at O’Hare and Midway airports this morning, tying up plans of holiday travelers.
As of 7:15 a.m., 65 flights had been canceled at O’Hare International Airport and 25 at Midway Airport, according to flightstats.com, which draws on data from airports and the Federal Aviation Administration. More than 300 flights were reporting delays at O’Hare and 107 at Midway.
“Both (airports) are reporting visibility near zero,” said Gino Izzi, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. “It’s going to be an absolutely awful morning, and will probably go into the afternoon at most airports.”
Chicago and state police were reporting no serious accidents this morning, though longer-than-usual delays were being reported on expressways.
A dense fog advisory is in effect for northern and central Illinois. The advisory is also in effect for most of Missouri and Wisconsin, as well as eastern Iowa and northwest Indiana.
“If it does improve, it probably won’t be fast,” Izzi said. “We’ll probably be sitting in the pea soup through most of the morning hours. It probably won’t be something where it’s going to be dense fog at 10 a.m. and sunny at 11 a.m.”
The fog is blanketing the area as temperatures headed toward 60 today. Izzi said temperatures on Thanksgiving should reach well into the 60s.