Ground stop at O’Hare Airport amid severe weather threat in Chicago – NBC Chicago

The FAA has issued a ground stop at O’Hare International Airport as thunderstorms rage through the Chicago area, with a threat of severe weather continuing through most of the afternoon and evening.

According to the latest information from the FAA, flights to O’Hare will be held at their respective airports until at least 1 p.m. Monday due to the continued threat of storms in the region.

Flights are still allowed to depart from O’Hare, with an average delay of less than 15 minutes as of 12:15 a.m. Monday, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

Midway Airport is currently fully operational and no delays have been reported at this time.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue developing through the afternoon, with the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs at a “slight” risk for severe weather, the second of five levels used by the Storm Prediction Center to assess describe the threat of heavy storms.

The main threats from any developing storms will be damaging wind gusts, in some cases exceeding 60 miles per hour, along with the threat of isolated hail and isolated tornadoes.

The threat of severe weather is expected to continue into the evening hours, with another round of strong to severe storms possible Tuesday evening.