Chicago Weather: Storms cause flooding on Edens, flight delays at O'Hare, Midway

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Thunderstorms that moved through the Chicago area Thursday caused problems during the morning commute.

In some areas, skies were clear in the early morning hours. But as the system moved east, some drivers found it hard to see as heavy rain fell onto their vehicles and lightning lit up the sky. More than two inches of rain fell in some areas.

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High-standing water pooled on the Edens Expressway between Willow Road and Winnetka Avenue in north suburban Northfield. Illinois Department of Transportation crews helped divert motorists traveling in both directions to a safer route. The water receded within 30 minutes.

Delays were reported at Chicago's airports Thursday morning, the Chicago Department of Aviation said. At O'Hare, inbound and outbound flights experienced 45-minute delays. At Midway, outbound flights were also delayed at least 45 minutes.

The storms moved out over Lake Michigan by around 8:30 a.m. Stray storms are expected Thursday afternoon, but other than that, the area will see cloudy skies and highs in the 80s, ABC7 Meteorologist Tracy Butler said.

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The bulk of Friday morning and afternoon look dry, but Friday evening brings some rain, Butler said.

Saturday is looking quite wet with rain developing by mid-morning and continuing through at least the early part of the evening until a cold front moves east, Butler said, making Sunday fall-like.