Aviation Midwest and Northeast brace for big winter storm By Gay Nagle Myers / January 31, 2011 Share 1 -- A massive winter storm packing a punch that forecasters say hasn’t been seen in years is bearing down on the Midwest and Northeast on Tuesday. Blizzard watches have been issued for Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana on Tuesday and Wednesday. More than 18 inches of snow is predicted for many cities, along with frigid temperatures and 60 mph winds in open areas, according to the National Weather Service. Chicago is expected to get more than 20 inches of snow. The city record is 23 inches, set in 1967. The city got 21.6 inches of snow in one 1999 storm. O’Hare and Midway typically handle about 2,800 flights a day. Airlines are encouraging travelers to rebook before the storm hits. O’Hare has set up 1,000 cots for travelers who get stranded. A mix of ice, sleet and snow is predicted in other parts of the Midwest and in the Northeast. Airlines are allowing travelers affected by the storm to rebook without paying change fees.