Chicago weather: Snow sweeps across area one of the busiest travel days of the year

Sunday, November 26, 2023
Snow sweeps across Chicago area on busy travel day
How much snow are we getting today? There have been few hiccups at O'Hare Airport despite wintery Chicago weather Sunday.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The rush is on for people nationwide trying to get home from their Thanksgiving destination.

Sunday is one of the busiest travel days of the year. Thankfully, the snowy weather in the Chicago area has not caused any major hiccups.

It has been smooth sailing so far for travelers at O'Hare Airport on Sunday afternoon. The snow brought some delays earlier, but the average delay was only about 10 minutes at 4 p.m.

People ABC7 talked to have been prepared, though, trying to arrive early just in case.

AAA estimated close to 5 million people would get on a flight this week for Thanksgiving. Some travelers said it's nice to see those travel numbers increasing toward what they were before the pandemic.

"I think it's a good thing for the economy. Hopefully, it'll inject some life into the economy, and people will feel more confident," said Rob Silfvast.

AAA said Sunday is the busiest day of travel for the Thanksgiving holiday. Many travelers felt grateful that the snow didn't cause any major issues in the Chicago area.

Maria Moreaa is trying to get home to Denver, and woke up a bit worried about the snow.

"It hasn't it's been pretty chill. We drove 40 minutes to get here. It was nice," Moreaa said. "I usually don't like snow, so I get a little concerned flying with this weather. But, I hope it just slows down from here on."

Some people are ditching the planes and the roads, opting to take Amtrak instead.

"It's nice, because I can work, don't get car sick or anything. There's food also, which is really nice," said Adrian Gehlbach.

Amtrak said Sunday is the busiest day of the year, with more than 11,000 customers coming through the station. The company said that's about four times more than a normal Sundays.

"Would you rather be sitting behind the wheel, behind somebody else or would you rather be on the train, walking around, looking out window, going to café car? It's a better experience all around," said Scott Gehlbach.

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