12-Foot Snow Drifts Affect Waukegan Regional Airport

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) –The general manager of the Waukegan airport says he had to shut down the runway at times because the weekend blizzard produced snow drifts as high as 12 feet. 

Jim Stanczak is general manager of Waukegan Regional Airport. On Monday he told The (Waukegan) News Sun that the airport had 15 inches of snow after the blizzard. He says at times the runway had to be closed because of the high drifts. The airport saw sustained wind gusts of more than 30 mph.

The storm produced as much as 19.3 inches of snow at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Stanczak says fortunately most pilots “are smart enough not to fly on a day like that.”

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