September 20, 2021

Flights Canceled And Roads Closed In The Upper Midwest

metrodome collapsed roof

The roof of the Metrodome caved in under the weight of heavy snowfall. Image by urban10.

A huge powerful storm came through the upper Midwest on Sunday, canceling more than 1,600 flights in Chicago. The storm forced roads to close and collapsed the Metrodome.

The winter weather has not not only dumped up to 23 inches of snow, it has also created blizzard like conditions which is what has canceled flights and shut down roads. It wasn’t only Chicago O’Hare that was inconvenienced by the storm, New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport and Boston’s Logan Airport are all expecting delays according to Flightstats.com.

There has been two weather related deaths reported so far. The area continues to be under winter storm warnings, reaching all the way from Illinois to Pennsylvania and as far south as Alabama and Georgia. They are also expecting that with the gusty winds that some areas could see temperatures as low as 30 degrees below zero. The hazardous driving conditions are due to the ice that is under the heavy snow.

With so much snow having fallen, the roof of the Metrodome began to collapse at 5 am on Sunday. The Sunday NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants has been rescheduled to Monday and moved out of the storms’ path to Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.