Midwest snowmagedden is on its way (02/09)

Old Feb 8, 18, 1:45 pm
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Midwest snowmagedden is on its way (02/09)

It appears WN has already cancelled morning flights from MDW tomorrow and (currently) have flights leaving 13:00 or so still scheduled for departure.

https://www.southwest.com/html/advis...052449128.html

Based on the forecasted weather conditions for the cities listed below, our scheduled service on Thursday-Friday, February 8-9, may be disrupted (flights may be delayed, diverted, and/or cancelled):

Buffalo (BUF)
Chicago (MDW)
Cleveland (CLE)
Detroit (DTW)
Flint (FNT)
Grand Rapids (GRR)
Milwaukee (MKE)
Rochester (ROC)
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Old Feb 8, 18, 2:57 pm
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“WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING
TO 9 PM CST FRIDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Travel will be very difficult to
impossible at times, including during the morning commute on
Friday. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 14 inches, with
localized higher amounts are expected.“
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Originally Posted by toomanybooks View Post
“WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING
TO 9 PM CST FRIDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Travel will be very difficult to
impossible at times, including during the morning commute on
Friday. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 14 inches, with
localized higher amounts are expected.“
Good luck with that up there. Please keep us updated on how bad it gets out your way
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Old Feb 8, 18, 6:35 pm
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These types of storms I look at the trend. 24 hours ago they were predicting 5-7. then they were predicting 6-9. Then they were predicting 9-12. Now it is up to 14 with areas of heavier snow. I think this will be a serious snow storm. Compared to some areas of the country this isn't huge, but it is big here and I am sure that WN will cancel everything at mdw tomorrow. I plan on staying home ( because I can ) . Everyone else - stay safe.
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Old Feb 8, 18, 9:23 pm
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They cancled my FNT-MDW-SFO trip that was supposed to start at 17:30 EST on Friday. Managed to get booked FNT-MDW-OAK on Sat at 0720 EST.

Here is hoping that does not fall apart.

Is there any chance they could re-Instate my flights and get me back on my original schedule?
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Old Feb 8, 18, 10:31 pm
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Originally Posted by returnoftheyeti View Post
They cancled my FNT-MDW-SFO trip that was supposed to start at 17:30 EST on Friday. Managed to get booked FNT-MDW-OAK on Sat at 0720 EST.

Here is hoping that does not fall apart.

Is there any chance they could re-Instate my flights and get me back on my original schedule?
While anything is theoretically "possible", NO. Once they preemptively cancel flights en-mass while anticipating a Big Storm, they don't un-cancel them. Logistics.

Flight Aware currently showing Southwest with 329 pre-cancelled flights for Friday (and it's still Thursday).
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All flights morning are cancelled. I doubt anything will go this afternoon either. Snow continues all day with another 3-5 Saturday night.
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Crap. Really hoping I can get out of FNT tomorrow.
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ATCSCC Advisory
ATCSCC ADVZY 091 MDW/ZAU 02/09/2018
DW AIRPORT CONDITIONS
MESSAGE:
EVENT TIME: 09/1830 - 09/2100
CONSTRAINED FACILITIES: ZAU
MDW IS BELOW MOST USER MINIMUMS. CONDITIONS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO
IMPROVE UNTIL 2100Z. USERS CAN ANTICIPATE ARRIVAL HOLDING AND
PERIODIC GROUND STOPS THAT CAPTURE APPROPRIATE CATEGORY AIRCRAFT
FOR THE CONDITIONS. EXPECT UPDATES AS CONDITIONS WARRANT. EFFECTIVE TIME:
091828 - 092130 SIGNATURE: 18/02/09 18:28

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I had originally booked a flight that was set to land at Midway 2/9 around 6pm. They cancelled that flight on 2/8. I was able to reschedule it for a flight later in the day. Arrived at midway around 9pm in the evening instead. Major roads between midway and downtown were clear. Heard it was supposed to start snowing around 11pm tonight, but seems that hasn’t happened.
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Old Feb 10, 18, 8:07 am
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itss looking better
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All WN MSP-MDW flights cancelled today? Are that many planes really out of position?

Edit: everything is cancelled in/out of MDW this afternoon? Weather looks fine...?

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I live about 19 miles SSE of MDW. This is a picture taken Friday out my front door, and we had at least 3 more inches after this.

Weather is gorgeous now, mid-afternoon Sunday.


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Originally Posted by linglingfool View Post
All WN MSP-MDW flights cancelled today? Are that many planes really out of position?

Edit: everything is cancelled in/out of MDW this afternoon? Weather looks fine...?
MDW meltdown: friends at MDW tell me SWA has run out of deicing fluid. All flights cancelled today.

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Data at: 2130 UTC 11 Feb 2018

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KMDW 111627Z 31010KT 1 3/4SM R31C/5000VP6000FT -SN BR BKN027 OVC035 M06/M08 A2997 RMK AO2 P0000 T10561078
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KMDW 111231Z 34011KT 4SM -SN BR FEW014 SCT022 OVC039 M07/M08 A2992 RMK AO2 P0000 T10671083
KMDW 111153Z 36008KT 2 1/2SM -SN BR FEW014 BKN026 OVC032 M07/M08 A2993 RMK AO2 SLP151 4/013 P0000 60016 70019 T10671078 11044 21067 56015
KMDW 111135Z 35010KT 2SM -SN BR SCT014 OVC020 M07/M08 A2993 RMK AO2 P0000 T10671078
KMDW 111053Z 33008KT 1 1/2SM -SN BR OVC014 M06/M08 A2994 RMK AO2 SLP155 P0000 T10611078
KMDW 110953Z 33007KT 1SM R31C/P6000FT -SN BR OVC012 M05/M06 A2995 RMK AO2 SLP157 P0002 T10501061

Not gonna clog FT's servers with additional images, but.....well, you get the idea


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