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Lake-Effect Snow Hits Chicago Area Before Extreme Cold Returns

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A Chicago flag with snowflakes instead of stars is displayed on the back of a newspaper vending box as temperatures dipped well below zero in the Loop on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A Chicago flag with snowflakes instead of stars is displayed on the back of a newspaper vending box as temperatures dipped well below zero in the Loop on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A band of heavy lake-effect snowfall hit the Chicago area late Monday and is continuing to create big headaches for commuters in northwest Indiana on Tuesday morning.

Through 6 a.m. Tuesday, 7.2 inches of snowfall was reported at Midway Airport, while 5.9 inches were reported at O'Hare, according to the Chicago Weather Center blog.

The lake-effect snow plus winds gusting above 30 mph were creating dangerous whiteout conditions in northwest Indiana, particularly on 80/94, and Lake County, Ind. remains under a lake effect snow warning through noon. LaPorte County is under the same warning until 8 p.m., NBC Chicago reports.

The snow caused more than 150 canceled flights at O'Hare and another 30 at Midway, according to WGN, and some delays on Metra trains.

The snowy conditions have been accompanied with "Chiberia"-esque wind chills returning to the area. Wind chills hit as low as 25 below zero Monday night, according to ABC Chicago, and temperatures in the area are not expected to return to the 20s until Friday.

Meanwhile, the cold spell in Chicago is being blamed for increased reports of feces aboard CTA trains, the RedEye reports, as an increased number of homeless people riding the Red and Blue lines around the clock.

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