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Snow ends as Illinois faces plunging temperatures

Published: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 6:30 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Single-digit temperatures are hitting Illinois after the state was blanketed in snow.

Meanwhile, residents are bracing for a deep freeze.

After a first round of snow hit New Year's Eve and continued the following day, more snow fell Thursday, burying some areas in more than a foot of snow.

Nearly 17 inches of snow fell in some of Chicago's northern suburbs, and more than 12 inches of snow was recorded at Midway International Airport.

In central Illinois there were between 3 and 5 inches of snow. One person died in a traffic accident on Interstate 72 in Macon County and another man died in southern Illinois after having a heart attack while clearing snow.

Highs early next week likely won't reach zero and wind chills could sink to 45 below.

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