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UPDATE: Power Outages, Flight Delays Subside Day After Jumbo Snowstorm

November 28, 2018 - 6:23 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago area is recovering Wednesday morning from an early-season blizzard that inconvenienced tens of thousands with power outages, canceled flights and sluggish morning commutes.

As of 1:30, 5,738 homes and businesses were still affected, with 3,531 outages still in Cook County. The number keeps shrinking throughout the day. At 9 a.m., 7,900 ComEd homes and businsesses remained without power, according to a ComEd report, down from 10,800 at 5 a.m and 9,100 at 7 a.m. 

At its peak on Monday, the storm had affected more than 363,000 customers, the utility service said. The company deployed 250 workers from the East Coast to tend to the outages.

Chicago’s two major airports have also mostly bounced back from storm-induced service issues. There were 99 cancellations reported at O’Hare International Airport about 9 p.m Tuesday. A total of 1,610 flights had been delayed, with delays averaging 23 minutes, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

At Midway International Airport, one flight was cancelled and 202 flights were delayed, with delays averaging more than 15 minutes, according to the aviation department.

The situation was much worse Monday afternoon, when 1,254 flights were canceled at O’Hare as of 3:50 p.m. with delays averaging 79 minutes, according to the aviation department. Midway International Airport was reporting 71 cancelations with delays averaging less than 15 minutes.

The end-of-Thanksgiving weekend blizzard proved to be the fifth-largest November snowfall in Chicago’s history, according to the National Weather Service. At O’Hare International Airport, 8.4 inches of snow fell from Sunday to Monday.

The largest two-day snowfall the city has seen in the month of November happened in 1895, when Chicago got a foot of snow from Nov. 25-26.

While Tuesday’s forecast only bodes light flurries, temperatures will plunge to highs in the upper 20s and lows in single digits to teens, according to the weather service. Wednesday was expected to stay chilly, and there was a chance of light snow returning Thursday morning and afternoon.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire & Chicago Sun-Times 2018. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)