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Winter storm dumps heavy, wet snow on Illinois

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 8:30 a.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — A late winter storm dumped more than 5 inches of snow in the Chicago area, causing power outages and headaches for commuters.

But the National Weather Service says the worst has ended.

The agency says 6 inches of snow was recorded near Midway International Airport Wednesday, while 3.6 fell at O'Hare International Airport. That made it the city's third-snowiest season.

What started as heavy, wet snow late Tuesday became dry powder as the storm system moved out of the area. But blowing and drifting snow was reported as winds gusted to 35 mph.

In Northern Illinois about 43,000 homes and businesses were without power — most of them in Cook and Will counties. Another 17,000 were also in the dark in central Illinois where several inches of snow fell.

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