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Winter Storm Slams Midwest

The Midwest was hit hard Tuesday night and Wednesday by a momentous blizzard, particularly in the Chicago area, where 1,500 cars were abandoned on Lake Shore Drive as snow piled up to their windshields. Chicago’s O'Hare Airport reported 20.2 inches of snow had fallen by 10:30 a.m. ET - the third highest snowfall in the city's history - and cancelled all flights on Wednesday, with cancellations likely to continue into Thursday. In Ohio, more than 200,000 homes and businesses lost power, while freezing temperatures in Texas caused blackouts in nearly three million homes. More than 5,300 flights across the nation had been canceled Wednesday as of 10 a.m. ET. From Texas to Maine, the storm crossed over 30 states and called for nationwide support from 2,430 National Guard troops.