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Updated: March 12, 2014 5:33PM



Heavy snowfall that blanketed Chicago overnight made this the third-snowiest 12-month period in the city’s history, according to the National Weather Service.

By 6:15 a.m., 3.6 inches of snow had fallen at O’Hare International Airport and 5.2 inches at Midway International Airport, the weather service said.

At O’Hare, 79.1 inches of snowfall has been recorded since July 1 — when the weather service starts recording snowfall data for the year — making it the third-snowiest year on record, according to the weather service. The fourth-snowiest year on record was the 1969-1970 season, with 77 inches of snowfall.

Wednesday night will see lows from 9 to 13 degrees, and the high temperature on Thursday will reach the mid-30s, according to the weather service.

The snow made for yet another sloppy commute, and the heavy, wet flakes covered stop signs, traffic lights and pretty much everything else.

Though the snow tapered off about 7 a.m., airlines are still feeling the effects of the winter storm.

At O’Hare, flights were running about two hours late and airlines had canceled more than 680 flights as of 3:30 p.m., according to the city’s Department of Aviation.

At Midway, more than 80 flights have been canceled and about a dozen flights were delayed by 20 minutes or more, the department said.

More than 11,000 ComEd customers were still without power as of 4 p.m. Wednesday as a result of the storm, ComEd spokeswoman Ashley Dennison said.

In northwest Indiana, about 5,100 homes remained without power as of 4:30 p.m., according to NIPSCO.

About 46 weather-related crashes and reports of cars in ditches were logged from midnight until 4:20 a.m. in the four Illinois State Police districts that cover the city and area suburbs, state police said. No serious injuries were reported in any of the crashes.



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