Spring Snow Causes White-Outs, Crashes in Northern Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Department of Aviation is now reporting more than 500 flights have been cancelled at the city’s two major airports due to an early spring storm that brought near white-out conditions and slickened roadways to northern Illinois.

More than 450 flights were canceled at O’Hare International Airport and more than 50 others were canceled at Midway International Airport. Flights that were getting out were experiencing significant delays.

Monday’s snow caused numerous accidents, including one involving the governor’s motorcade, and blanketing the region in a layer of snow.

Reports of crashes and spin-outs started coming in after 5:30 a.m., a State Police spokesman said. Some caused minor injuries, including to a state trooper traveling in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s motorcade who lost control of his vehicle and hit a truck trailer.

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