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Article updated: 12/21/2012 8:02 AM

Hundreds of flights canceled as snow starts

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Mundelein resident Jay Stein clears the snow from his car window at the Mundelein Metra train station as snow fell for the first time this winter in Lake County Thursday.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

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Christmas ornaments are covered in snow at Flowerama flower shop in Mundelein as snow fell for the first time this winter in Lake County Thursday.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

The first snow of the season starts impressively large about 5 p.m. on North Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights.

Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

Kevin Kurzawski collects shopping carts as snow first starts to fall, at the Jewel store at Randhurst Mall in Mount Prospect on Thursday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

A mixture of wet snow and rain falls at the intersection of Jefferson and Webster in Naperville Thursday evening. This is the first snowfall of the season.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

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A winter storm warning is now in effect until 3 a.m. Friday. People living in the North and West suburbs can expect to see between 2 and 4 inches of snow, meteorologists said. Worse, though, will be the gusting winds that could top out at about 60 mph, officials said. U.S. airlines have scuttled more than 1,000 flights, hobbling travel just as airports prepare for the peak of the pre-Christmas rush.
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    • Mundelein resident Jay Stein clears the snow from his car window at the Mundelein Metra train station as snow fell for the first time this winter in Lake County Thursday.
    • Christmas ornaments are covered in snow at Flowerama flower shop in Mundelein as snow fell for the first time this winter in Lake County Thursday.
    • The first snow of the season starts impressively large about 5 p.m. on North Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights.
    • Kevin Kurzawski collects shopping carts as snow first starts to fall, at the Jewel store at Randhurst Mall in Mount Prospect on Thursday.
    • A mixture of wet snow and rain falls at the intersection of Jefferson and Webster in Naperville Thursday evening. This is the first snowfall of the season.
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