UPDATED 7:30 AM PT — Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Hundreds of flights have been cancelled in the Chicago area, which has led to a travel nightmare at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport.
The chief cause is a winter storm carrying ice, snow, and freezing rain. The storm is raising concerns over slippery roadways and runways.
Meanwhile, a ground stop was declared at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey for an entirely unrelated reason — drone activity.
According to the spokesman of the Federal Aviation Administration, two drones were spotted about 3,500 feet above the airport, halting take-offs, and causing other planes to remain in the air.
At one point, a pilot claimed their plane missed one of the drones by as little as 30-feet.
Operations have since resumed, and the incident is being investigated by aviation officials.