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Extreme cold halts Metra Electric, cancels hundreds of flights, closes schools

Planes during a winter snow storm at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

City workers are buzzing to make sure residents are safe

The historic temperatures are freezing Chicago—Wednesday’s weather has suspended Metra Electric trains, canceled 1,700 flights and closed Chicago Public Schools.

The National Weather Service says there is a good chance Chicago’s all-time low temperature record could be broken Thursday morning—meaning temperatures would sink below minus 27. City workers are pushing hard to make sure residents are safe, but for most people the city feels deeply quiet.

O’Hare and Midway airports

As of Wednesday morning at 11 a.m., there were 1,401 flights cancelled and delays averaged about 15 minutes at O’Hare International Airport while at the smaller Midway International Airport 326 flights were cancelled and delays lasted around 15 minutes.

CTA trains and buses

CTA trains and buses are operating normally but there are major delays on the Blue and Brown lines early Wednesday morning.

Metra trains

Metra Electric trains are suspended on Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31 due to the extreme cold. Other Metra lines will operate on a modified schedule Wednesday and Thursday.

Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Public Schools cancelled after school activities on Tuesday and all CPS schools are closed Wednesday and Thursday because of the weather. In response, the Park District is will host free activities at park fieldhouses. Many public neighborhood meetings or ward gatherings have been cancelled or pushed until next week as well.

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