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CNN Today

Park Ridge, Illinois, Keeps up With Snow Storm as Chicago Area Airports Cancel 276 Flights

Aired February 18, 2000 - 2:06 p.m. ET

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

ANDRIA HALL, CNN ANCHOR: The Midwest is getting the worst of it, though. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has declared a snow emergency. Air travel is suffering. Heavy snow in Detroit prompted Northwest Airlines to cancel dozens of flights. In Chicago, a half foot of snow there has grounded nearly 300 flights at O'Hare airport.

And our Jeff Flock, who seems to relish icy weather, or at least he's on somebody's list -- I'm not sure which -- he joins us from the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge.

Jeff, how's it going there?

JEFF FLOCK, CNN CHICAGO BUREAU CHIEF: Bad reputation to have. Enjoying that.

But I can tell you that say a half a foot is on the ground, and perhaps we have another half a foot or at least another three or four more inches to come. We've been in a bit of a lull here lately, and perhaps you can see on another camera folks trying to do their best in this lull time to get as much plowed and cleared as possible before the next one comes.

Let's look at what it was like here just a short time ago in Park Ridge when it was really coming down pretty good. Plows were out early. They have 26 plows and salt trucks in this reasonably-small community of Park Ridge, Illinois, and they were all out this morning in an A snow-fighting plan; that's their top level of Defcon, I guess, when it comes to snow in this Chicago suburb.

Not too far from here is O'Hare airport, and of course a lot of people focus their attention there, because that doesn't just effect the people that live here but people all around the country are trying to get somewhere. Out at O'Hare, last report, and this is the only report that we have still at this hour: 276 total flights canceled both at O'Hare and Midway, most of those at O'Hare; just about a half dozen or so at Midway airport, and that's because, of course, that is on the southwest side of the city, and as you go south a lot less snow and a lot more water.

This snow has been pretty wet, though. That means even though it's very heavy to shovel, it is more apt to be able to be melted and cleared, and so far so good in Chicago. And we knew it. Punxsutawney Phil didn't have to tell us. We knew there was plenty more to come anyway.

We are here to watch it in the suburbs to the north and west of Chicago. I'm Jeff Flock, CNN, reporting live from Park Ridge, Illinois.

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