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CNN Today

Winter Storm Watch: Traffic Snarled at Chicago Airports

Aired February 18, 2000 - 1:12 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: The Weather Service issued storm warnings in northern Illinois, and traffic is snarled at Chicago airports.

CNN's Chicago bureau chief Jeff Flock, who has a compulsion when it's snowing to get out in it, joins us now from one of Chicago's northwestern suburbs, Park Ridge, Illinois.

Jeff, where is the snow there?

JEFF FLOCK, CNN CHICAGO BUREAU CHIEF: Well, I will tell you, Lou, we -- if you wait long enough and stand long enough in the snow, eventually, it will stop. But we are told by the Weather Service that this is a bit of a lull and it will resume again in about an hour or, perhaps, two, and dump another three or four inches when that starts up again.

The only good thing about this is: A, there's a little bit of a break in it, and, B, this is that wet snow, if you step down in it, I don't know if you are able to tell, but it's that gloppy stuff. But, actually, it's good because it melts a lot quicker, and that kind of gets the roads in better shape quicker than they otherwise would be.

Out at O'Hare, as you mentioned, the count is still 276 flights canceled. That's up to the hour of 1:00, that's in about 45 minutes from now, local time. Most of those flights, 50 percent of the American flights were canceled.

People had some difficulty getting to the airport to start with this morning outside the airport, but then, cancellations, once they got there. Although, the airport tells us that all of the runways continue to be operating and that they do expect that things will be back to normal by tomorrow, if not, perhaps, by tonight. We will, of course, continue to watch it.

I'm Jeff Flock, CNN, as the plows and salt trucks continue in and around Chicago. I'm in Park Ridge, Illinois.

ANDRIA HALL, CNN ANCHOR: Thank you, Jeff.

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