Winter Storm Watch in Chicago Prompts Airlines to Issue Flight Waivers (Video)

Major airlines are getting ahead of Chicago-area snowfall this week after the National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for Tuesday and Wednesday.

With six inches of snow predicted, United, Delta, American and JetBlue are accommodating passengers' flight plans.

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Planes waiting to take off at O'Hare Airport in Chicago on Feb. 3. Scott Olsen / Getty

United is issuing travel waivers for passengers scheduled to travel through the Midwest from Tuesday, Feb. 25 and Wednesday, Feb. 26. Travelers scheduled to pass through Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Toronto, Grand Rapids several other cities can reschedule their travel through Feb. 29.

Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and JetBlue are offering travel waivers for those expected to fly to or from Chicago on Tuesday and Wednesday. Rebooked travel must happen before Feb. 29.

Travel is expected to be difficult, particularly in counties north of Chicago where the storm is expected to hit the hardest. Although the brunt of the storm is not expected to hit Chicago directly, it could affect traffic through the metropolitan area.

Passengers who are traveling through Chicago on these days should contact their airlines before leaving for the airport to confirm their flight status and leave extra time at the airport in case of any issues.

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