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High winds, 10 inches of snow expected in Illinois

By CARYN ROUSSEAU Associated Press Writer 1:13 p.m. CST, February 9, 2010

CHICAGO – Hundreds of flights were canceled, schools were closed and road conditions slick and slippery in Illinois on Tuesday as a winter storm moving across the state was forecast to accumulate up to 10 inches of snow in some areas.

More than 600 flights were canceled at both Midway and O’Hare international airports in Chicago.

On Tuesday morning a terminal at Midway was largely vacant of travelers after Southwest Airlines stopped Chicago service, canceling more than 140 flights through the end of the day. Airline spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger said service was expected to pick up Wednesday morning, depending on the weather.

“I know the danger of coming to Chicago in the winter,” said Rebecca Murphey, who said she was hopeful as she was delayed at Midway while trying to travel home to Durham, N.C.

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