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First Winter Storm - By the Numbers

By Tim State in News on Dec 2, 2007 7:38PM

12-02-07_storm.jpgThe first storm of the winter season has passed. Here’s how it came down, by the numbers:

  • About 400 flights canceled at O’Hare and Midway; those not canceled delayed 40 to 60 minutes.
  • Wind gusts up to 45 m.p.h.
  • Up to a quarter-inch of ice in some places.
  • One death reported in Wisconsin, in a weather-related traffic accident.
  • 100,000 customers without power across northern Illinois, mostly in the west and northwest suburbs. About 15,000 are still without power. If you see downed power lines, call 1-800-EDISON1.
  • 273 snow plows used to clear roads in Chicago.
  • Hour-long delays on the Green and Orange lines due to icy tracks.
  • No special events canceled.
  • One Chicago-bound United flight skidding off a taxiway in Des Moines.

Today is warmer, and most of the wintery slush has melted away. This week promises cold temperatures, but no precipitation.

Winter storm photo by PDR.