Snowstorm Paralyzes Chicago: Thousands Without Power, Flights Canceled
Wind-whipped snow blankets Chicago, causing widespread power outages and the cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights. The severe storm, expected to be the most intense this season, dumps 4 to 7 inches of snow in western and southwestern suburbs, with up to 2 inches falling per hour and winds reaching 35 mph.
The National Weather Service issues warnings of almost zero visibility and gusts up to 45 mph. Over 2,000 power outages affect more than 96,000 customers, and the Federal Aviation Administration imposes ground stops at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.
Multiple flights are canceled, and bus routes are rerouted due to treacherous conditions. Amtrak also cancels trains, and warming areas are activated as temperatures plummet.
The city government deploys salt spreaders to address snow and ice accumulation.