Snow blankets Chicago area; NW suburbs saw 8.5 inches overnight

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CHICAGO — More than 700 flights have been canceled at Chicago airports after snow blanketed the area overnight.

As of 10:55 a.m. Saturday, 630 flights have been canceled at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Average delays were 48 minutes. At Chicago Midway International Airport, 82 flights were canceled.

According to the National Weather Service, some Chicago suburbs woke up to more than eight inches of snow Saturday morning.

The snow is thick and heavy and packed on the roadways — making it hard to get traction while driving. Illinois State Police were addressing about 15 crashes Saturday morning, with another 15 to 20 waiting for a response.

Police departments in McHenry County are also responding to crash after crash, as they deal with some of the highest snow totals so far.

Chicago's Department of Streets and Sanitation has deployed nearly 300 plows and salt trucks from its fleet. Drivers are noticing snow drift. As soon as major streets are cleared, the high winds are blowing snow right back on the roads.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks about city snow plans:


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