- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - A late winter storm dumped about half a foot of snow in the Chicago area, causing power outages and headaches for commuters.

The National Weather Service says 6 inches of snow was recorded at Midway International Airport Wednesday, while 3.6 fell at O’Hare International Airport. That made it the city’s third-snowiest season.

What started as heavy, wet snow late Tuesday became dry powder as the storm system moved out of the area. But blowing and drifting snow was reported as winds gusted to 35 mph.

Utility companies were working to restore power.

As of midday, 30,000 homes and businesses in northern Illinois remained without service - most of them in Cook and Will counties. Another 550 were also in the dark in central Illinois where several inches of snow fell.

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