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Storm could leave 10 inches of snow in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago residents are expecting to find themselves digging out from as much as 10 inches of snow by the end of the day.

Forecasters are calling for 8 to 10 inches throughout northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana. It's a far cry from a year ago, when March brought less than a half-inch of snow to the region. It was the warmest March on record in Illinois.

The system moved yesterday across the Dakotas and Minnesota, dropping up to a foot of snow in some areas and freezing rain in others.

Emergency officials in a number of states are urging commuters to stay off the roads today and take public transportation to work. In Wisconsin, where as much as a foot of snow is in the forecast, emergency managers are urging residents to put winter survival kits in their vehicles.

A wet snow pelted commuters as they slid along the slick streets of downtown Chicago this morning. Forecasters say as much as 1.5 inches of snow could fall per hour. The Illinois Department of Transportation has hundreds of trucks ready to plow roadways in northeastern Illinois.

Airlines have canceled nearly 1,000 flights at Chicago airports .
The Chicago Department of Aviation said Tuesday that more than 770 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport. Airlines have canceled more than 215 flights at Midway International Airport. No significant delays were reported at either airport.

City aviation officials urge travelers to check their flight status with airlines.

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