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Southwest Airlines to stop flights in Chicago as another winter storm hits Midwest

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Southwest Airlines says it will stop flights in Chicago as another winter storm brings rain and high winds through the American Midwest.

Nationwide on Thursday, U.S. airlines had cancelled about 650 flights and another 3,000 were delayed by mid-afternoon, according to tracking service FlightAware.com.

Southwest spokeswoman Michelle Agnew says all flights after 4 p.m. at Midway Airport — the airline's biggest base — will be cancelled. That pushes Southwest's cancellations Thursday to 170 in Chicago and 190 overall, the most among major U.S. airlines.

At nearby O'Hare Airport, a hub for American Airlines and United Airlines, about one in 10 flights are cancelled and one in four are running late. United Express, which operates smaller planes, cancelled 70 flights.

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