Hundreds of flights were canceled at O’Hare and Midway airports on Friday due to the bitter cold.

Thousands of flights across the country have been canceled, including hundreds in Chicago.

On Thursday, at least 829 flights were canceled at Midway and O’Hare.

As of 7:33 a.m. on Friday, O’Hare reported 301 flight cancellations and Midway reported 256 flight cancellations. Both airports have average delays of less than 15 minutes.

After hundreds of flights were canceled due to the winter storm, the crowd at O’Hare Airport became much calmer overnight.

Some people spent their pre-Christmas hours sleeping on hard tile floors and in airport seats, hoping to be ready for their flight.

“We got here 72 hours ago hoping that our flight is on time tomorrow so we’re spending the night on the floor in O’Hare which isn’t very comfortable but we’re here,” said traveler Nakita Mauer.

“Me and my girlfriend have been here since 8:00 p.m. yesterday and we fly out at 1:00 p.m. today,” said traveler Kimisha Robinson.

Flights into and out of Chicago experienced some of the worst effects of the winter storm in the country.

Strong winds and icy conditions are expected to continue on Friday.

According to FlightAware, over 2,000 flights have already been canceled nationwide on Friday, with another 100 scheduled for Saturday.

If your travel plans are flexible, most airlines offer travel waivers that allow passengers to change flights for free. However, with only a few days until Christmas, this may not be a possibility for some.

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