CHICAGO (AP) — Aviation officials say more than 500 flights have been canceled at O'Hare and Midway international airports as the season's first snowstorm moves across the Chicago area.
Snow began falling early Thursday evening at O'Hare.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the area. There could be 2 to 6 inches of snow in the Chicago area.
Snow was heavier and travel conditions more treacherous in northwest Illinois. Authorities in some areas were pulling snow plows off the roads and urging people to stay home.
As wind gusts reached up to 60 mph, more than 50,000 customers lost power. ComEd and Ameren Illinois said there may be delays in restoring service because crews are experiencing hazardous road conditions in some parts of the state.
Today is Tuesday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2014. There are 162 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.