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I’ve learned from experience to avoid Chicago during the Winter months. Rain, snow, storms, ice.. they all add up to delays and misery. I’ve tried to route via Denver to make life easier.

Yesterday I had no option but to fly via Chicago to make a connection to Manchester, NH. What should have been a five hour trip turned into a fourteen hour ordeal.

Thunderstorms in the Chicago area closed the airport for about three hours – incoming flights were diverted; outgoing flights grounded. I ended up being diverted to Moline, IL for an hour or so of unwanted stopover.