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 Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.