CHICAGO — Thick fog and high winds forced officials at Midway Airport to ground all inbound and outbound flights Thursday afternoon, the city's Aviation Department said. Hundreds of flights from O'Hare were canceled, as well.
On Thursday morning the city was under a flood watch after mounds of snow and ice melted as temperatures rose to the high 40s. By mid-day the city was covered in a dense fog that limited visibility Downtown to almost zero.
By 4:30 p.m., the city's airports had canceled more than 400 flights including more than 285 from O'Hare.
Low visibility has grounded inbound flights to both airports, according to FlightAware.com, a website that tracks airline traffic.
The area is under a high-wind warning until 11 p.m., with winds up to 60 mph predicted. A fog advisory is in effect until 7 p.m.
The Department of Aviation said it had no knowledge of flights being grounded.