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Amtrak cancels Chicago services due to extreme weather


Extreme cold temperatures prompted Amtrak to cancel all train service to and from Chicago today, including short-distance corridor and long-distance overnight trains.

The temperature in Chicago at 7 a.m. Central time today was 20 degrees below zero, according to the National Weather Service. In Milwaukee, where Amtrak operates the Hiawatha service to and from Chicago, the temperature also was minus 20 degrees.

Short-distance Amtrak service to and from Chicago also will be canceled tomorrow, and long-distance service may be canceled, as well, Amtrak officials said in a press release.

Amtrak typically operates 55 trains to and from the Chicago hub. The only Amtrak Midwest services now scheduled to run today and tomorrow are the two Missouri River Runner round-trips between Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri.

Meanwhile, Chicago commuter railroad Metra announced it would operate a modified schedule today and tomorrow due to the extreme weather.