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815 flights canceled after overnight snowfall breaks record

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Heavy snowfall that blanketed Chicago overnight made this the third-snowiest 12-month period in the city's history, and has canceled hundreds of flights at the city's two airports.

By Wednesday morning, 3.6 inches of snow had fallen at O'Hare International Airport and 5.2 inches at Midway International Airport, the weather service said.

Recorded snowfall at O'Hare is now 79.1 inches since July 1 -- when the weather service starts recording snowfall data -- making it the third-snowiest year on record, according to the weather service. The fourth-snowiest year on record was the 1969-70 season, with 77 inches of snowfall.

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Chicago was originally forecasted to see between 4-8 inches, the weather service said.

Though the snow tapered off about 7 a.m., airlines are still feeling the effects of the winter storm.

At O'Hare, flights are running about 45 minutes late and airlines have canceled more than 730 flights as of 8:30 p.m., according to the city's Department of Aviation.

At Midway, more than 80 flights have been canceled and about a dozen flights are delayed by 20 minutes or more, the department said.

About 3,500 ComEd customers are still without power as of 9 p.m. Wednesday as a result of the storm, according to ComEd. All available ComEd crews and more than 60 contractors are working to restore power to remaining customers.

In northwest Indiana, power has been restored to 98 percent of customers who lost electricity, according to NIPSCO.

About 46 weather-related crashes and reports of cars in ditches were logged from midnight until 4:20 a.m. in the four Illinois State Police districts which cover the city and suburbs, state police said. No serious injuries were reported.

Wednesday night will see lows between 9 and 13 degrees above zero, and Thursday will reach a high temperature in the mid-30s, according to the weather service.

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