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7 inches of snow hit Chicago, bitter cold overnight

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The snowstorm that moved into the area left 7 inches of snow by Wednesday afternoon, causing dozens of spinouts and crashes and more than 550 canceled flights. Another plunge into subzero temperatures is forecast for Thursday.

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As of Wednesday afternoon, roughly 7 inches of snow have fallen at both O'Hare and Midway airports, and the flakes continue to fall downtown, according to the National Weather Service.

"All of Cook County is snow-covered," said Illinois State Police District Chicago Sgt. Rodney Collins.

Since Wednesday morning, expressways in the area saw dozens of crashes and spin-outs, and six wrecks involving injuries, though no one was seriously hurt, according to ISP.

State Police are asking drivers involved in non-injury crashes to exchange insurance information and report the crash to police within ten days.

Officials are urging motorists to take caution on the roads, reduce speeds and allow for extra travel time.

The Illinois Department of Transportation had 1,755 snowplows and 3,700 employees working to remove snow and ice, and the Illinois Tollway deployed its full fleet of 182 snowplows and more than 200 workers, a statement from Gov. Pat Quinn's office said.

The city's Department of Streets and Sanitation also deployed its entire fleet of 287 plows and salt spreaders to main streets and Lake Shore Drive early Wednesday, according to spokeswoman Mary Poppe. The fleet will focus on arterial streets at first and be deployed to side and residential streets once the snow has stopped and main streets are clear.

Additionally, 50 smaller four-wheel drive snow plows were deployed Wednesday morning to clear streets around schools, according to Poppe.

Metra issued a service alert Tuesday morning warning of possible delays for commuters through Wednesday.

Trains were delayed up to 38 minutes on the Milwaukee District/North Line Wednesday afternoon because of the weather, Metra's website said. Passengers are advised to allow extra travel time and check their website for service updates.

As of 3:30 p.m., airlines at O'Hare had canceled 500 flights because of the winter weather conditions and were experiencing delays of at least 30 minutes, the city's Department of Aviation said. Midway was experiencing 20 minute delays, and 50 flights had been canceled.

A winter weather advisory covering Chicago expired at 2 p.m., but a hazardous weather outlook warns some areas -- the Fox Valley in particular -- could see wind chills of 25 degrees below zero overnight.

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