Ice, snow to blame for Illinois outages, slick roads

Ice, snow to blame for Illinois outages, slick roads

AURORA (AP) — Icy, snowy conditions forced schools to close and made travel treacherous in parts of northern and central Illinois.

The National Weather Service said Monday morning that up to 6 inches of snow fell in far northern Illinois and up to a half-inch of ice accumulated at airports in Aurora and Chicago. The storm brought a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain, suspending service on two commuter lines headed into Chicago from the southern suburbs and northwest Indiana.

Icy conditions also were to blame for power outages. ComEd officials said about 11,000 customers were without power in northern Illinois while electricity already was restored to 34,000 customers.

The weather service warned of strong winds Monday afternoon and evening with gusts of up to 50 mph in areas.

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