Winter storm dumps heavy, wet snow on Chicago

CHICAGO – A late winter storm dumped more than 5 inches of snow in the Chicago area, causing scattered power outages and creating headaches for commuters.

But the National Weather Service says the heaviest snow is ending.

The agency says 5.2 inches of snow was recorded near Midway International Airport Wednesday. And 4.1 inches was recorded in Romeoville. Forecasters expect about 6 inches to fall.

What started as heavy, wet snow late Tuesday was transitioning to dry powder, which was blowing and drifting as winds gusted to 35 mph.

Meteorologist Stephen Rodriguez said many roads were "just horrible."

In Northern Illinois about 37,000 homes and businesses were without power — most of them in Cook County. Another 12,000 were also in the dark in central Illinois where several inches of snow fell.