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 Wednesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Soldiers from the barracks on the Arsenal manage to elude the vigilance of the guard nearly every day and come to town armed. In the hands of excited and perhaps intoxicated men, these weapons are dangerous. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Manufacturing's merchants and professional men of Moline were petitioning the Western Union Telegraph company to establish a telegraph office in the business area of the city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three Rock Island students, the Misses Eleanor Cleaveland, Dorothy McCabe and Ruth West, escaped injury when fire destroyed College Hall at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War gave a party for William H. Stremmel, the only survivor of John Buford Post 243, GAR. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The East Moline Grade School Board of Education last night granted salary increases totaling about $47,000 to teachers and staff members. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Five champion spellers from the Rock Island/Milan School district were selected after competition this week at Modern Woodmen of America. Winners are Sarah Cottay, Christopher Gilbrich, Jared Vogele, Kedric Roper and Kenny Stevenson.