Plows at work in Chicago as storm moves northeast

11:20 AM, Feb 22, 2013   |    comments
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CHICAGO (AP) -- More than 280 snowplows are busy clearing the streets of Chicago, after a storm that blanketed parts of the Plains and Midwest in snow and ice.

Chicago commuters are slogging through slush to get to their offices, but the storm didn't appear to cause any major problems in the city.

About 270 flights in and out of Chicago's two airports were canceled this morning.

Strong wind gusts off Lake Michigan are making driving treacherous for commuters in eastern Wisconsin. Police and tow trucks have been busy responding to fender-benders and spinouts.

The blowing snow left large drifts on many Midwest roadways, causing a lot of truckers to give up on driving overnight. At a truck stop in the central Illinois city of Effingham, all of the 137 parking spaces were filled.

Before moving northward and eastward out of the Plains, the storm left behind 13 inches of snow in northern Oklahoma, and 10 inches near Kansas City. Nearly a foot and a half of snow is on the ground in Hays, Kansas.

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