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Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

Travel Alert July 2022: Severe Weather to Affect Chicago

Do not worry. This will not be the night Chicago died.

If Chicago is in your travel plans over the next couple of days or so, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to the latest weather system which has been bringing strong thunderstorms to affected areas of the upper midwestern United States.

Travel Alert July 2022: Severe Weather to Affect Chicago

Although Chicago is the focus of travel waivers which have been officially issued by at least three airlines, the chances for severe weather — including damaging wind gusts of up to 75 miles per hour, large hail, torrential rain, isolated tornadoes, and flooding — are possible from central Montana all the way to extreme southwestern Michigan, which includes cities such as Omaha, Sioux City, Minneapolis, Billings, Bismarck, Milwaukee, and Saint Paul.

Expect highways and roadways to be temporarily difficult to navigate in some of the affected areas.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to, from, or within Chicago over the next couple of days or so, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary.

Three airlines have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for Chicago for Tuesday, July 5, 2022 through Thursday, July 7, 2022; and Sunday, July 10, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Chicago for Tuesday, July 5, 2022 through Thursday, July 7, 2022; and Sunday, July 10, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Air Canada has issued a travel alert for Chicago for Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

Final Boarding Call

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

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