Monster storm heading to Chicago – airlines issue ticket change waivers

Winters in Chicago are usually long and cold – but really big snow storms are quite rare.

As is often the case, they only come one every couple of years, which means the city is due for something big. That “big” will come in the form of a monster storm with up to 20 inches of snow, and 45MPH winds – creating everything you need to essentially shut the area down for a couple of days.

Even though O’Hare is very well equipped to deal with snow, 20″ will bring any airport to a standstill. Weather blog “meteorological musings” has some great in-depth analysis of the storm, along with a snow prediction – and it doesn’t look good.

Thankfully, airlines can see these charts too, and have issued fee-free travel waivers. Here are links to airlines with big operations in Chicago, and their waiver/weather update pages:

And if you are planning to travel, don’t forget to check out our guide to surviving air travel during a winter storm.

[Photo: meteorological musings]