Similar problems have also been reported at Kansas City Airport, with the airport experiencing 5.3 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. The Chicago Department of Aviation reported early Monday that, on average, departures were delayed by 77 minutes out of O'Hare.
Many idly waited as routes through the IL city and Kansas City were badly affected and the situation only got worse as by 6pm, approximately 1,200 flights leaving from the United States or heading to the country were put on hold.
The storm canceled 1,270 flights on Sunday for travelers trying to get home after the Thanksgiving weekend.
If you draw a line from about Ann Arbor diagonal up to Port Huron, that's about where the divider will be for the big vs. small snow totals. "So I was able to spend the evening here at lovely O'Hare and had plenty of company", said Mark McCoy, referring to all the other travelers stranded at the travel hub.
"If you need a tow or are injured, call 911", the department said in an alert.
The Chicago Department of Aviation reported early Monday that average departure delays at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport are 77 minutes, and the flight-tracking website FlightAware reported that more than 350 flights headed to or from the USA were canceled.
Multiple roads are closed because of whiteout conditions, according to the KanDrive website.
Hundreds of flights have been canceled after a snowstorm blanketed much of the Midwest. A major winter storm across Kansas, Missouri and IL has caused hundreds cancellations and delays. At least 7 inches fell in Rockford, Illinois.
Forecasters predict more than a foot of snow is likely in southeast Nebraska, northeast Kansas, northwest Missouri and southwest Iowa.
Also with the snow the storm system is causing gusty winds in the area this morning into the early afternoon.
Warm temps and relatively clear weather will start the day before rain moves into the area and, as temperatures drop, rain will turn to snow.
Gov. Jeff Colyer declared a state of emergency because of the winter storm moving across Kansas on Sunday that is creating blizzard conditions and slick roads. Travelers should look out for rain transitioning with little notice into heavy, wet snow on Sunday afternoon.
As of Monday morning, parts of Chicago remained under a blizzard or winter storm warning.
Illinois State police and LaSalle County emergency management said crews were removing people from their cars by snowmobile and urged people to stay off the roads into Monday, WBBM-TV reported.
Airlines were forced to cancel or delay almost 6,000 flights on Sunday as a unsafe winter storm blanketed parts of the Midwest with heavy snow.
Roads were slick in northern in early Monday after about 2 inches (5 centimeters) of snow fell, and more was forecast through the afternoon.
While the far southeastern corner of the state was dealing with blowing and drifting snow, counties just to the north had no snow.