The storm that's socked a wide swath of the country has given Chicago its third-largest snowfall on record and trapped hundreds of cars on Lake Shore Drive.
CHICAGO (AP) - The storm that's socked a wide swath of the country has given Chicago its third-largest snowfall on record and trapped hundreds of cars on Lake Shore Drive.
More than 20 inches of snow had fallen on Chicago by midday, and it was still coming down.
At least 1,500 vehicles got stuck on Lake Shore Drive, where bulldozers have been working to clear away snow drifts. Three lanes of cars cluttered the road this morning, some of them almost completely buried.
Getting out of town by air isn't an option. Both O'Hare and Midway airports have shut down until tomorrow.
Students in Chicago's public schools are getting their first snow day in 12 years.
National Weather Service forecaster Thomas Spriggs says while not unprecedented, it's the kind of storm that might come along once every 50 years.
A foot or more of snow also fell on parts of Missouri, Indiana, Kansas, Oklahoma and upstate New York, while the New York City area and parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania were hit with freezing rain and ice.