First the ice, now the winds -- and power outages

 
Daily Herald report.
Updated 2/12/2019 6:02 PM
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  • Ice and snow once again greeted residents of the suburbs as they headed off to work, some shoveling their driveways to scraping their cars windows as winter refuses to go away.

      Ice and snow once again greeted residents of the suburbs as they headed off to work, some shoveling their driveways to scraping their cars windows as winter refuses to go away. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Ice and snow once again greeted residents as power lines and trees took a heavy blow once again as winter refuses to go away.

      Ice and snow once again greeted residents as power lines and trees took a heavy blow once again as winter refuses to go away. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Roselle firefighters and police investigate a one-car spinout on Travis Parkway Tuesday morning. There were no injuries.

      Roselle firefighters and police investigate a one-car spinout on Travis Parkway Tuesday morning. There were no injuries. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Ice and snow once again greeted residents like Claudette Cooper who said she was surprised it snow last night but mentioned that there is always a heavy snow around Valentine's Day. Some residents were shoveling their driveways others scraping their cars windows as winter refuses to go away.

      Ice and snow once again greeted residents like Claudette Cooper who said she was surprised it snow last night but mentioned that there is always a heavy snow around Valentine's Day. Some residents were shoveling their driveways others scraping their cars windows as winter refuses to go away. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Ice and snow once again greeted residents as power lines and trees took a heavy blow once again as winter refuses to go away.

      Ice and snow once again greeted residents as power lines and trees took a heavy blow once again as winter refuses to go away. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Ice and snow once again greeted residents as power lines and trees took a heavy blow once again as winter refuses to go away.

      Ice and snow once again greeted residents as power lines and trees took a heavy blow once again as winter refuses to go away. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

The National Weather Service says the wintry mix of ice and snow that blanketed the area will be followed by strong winds this afternoon and tonight, and power outages are already happening.

ComEd said 12,000 were without power in Northern Illinois as of 4 p.m. 80,000 customers were affected by the weather today, it said.

Areas with heavy ice accumulation on power lines and tree limbs will be especially susceptible, the weather service said. The region could see wind gusts of 40 mph to 50 mph, as well as snow showers developing after 1 or 2 p.m. with minor accumulations, according to the weather service.

Aurora Airport reported half-an-inch of ice this morning. O'Hare and DuPage airports recorded more than four-tenths of an inch.

Numerous accidents were reported due to the slick conditions in the area.

A wind advisory for the area starts at 2 p.m. today and ends at 3 a.m. Wednesday.

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