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Freezing rain, snowstorms lead to outages

Tommy Ferguson scrapes ice off his car parked Saturday along South Church Street in Rockford after finishing a morning shift at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
Tommy Ferguson scrapes ice off his car parked Saturday along South Church Street in Rockford after finishing a morning shift at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

FREEPORT – Freezing rain left roads and trees glazed with ice Saturday across parts of northern Illinois as a winter storm packing a mixed bag of precipitation cut power to about 5,000 homes and businesses across the region.

ComEd customers were without power Saturday afternoon in northwestern and northern Illinois. About one-third of those outages came in the Freeport area, where freezing rain had coated the area with a quarter-inch of ice.

Scattered outages also were reported in the Chicago area, which was buffeted by heavy rain and high winds ahead of snow, freezing rain and sleet forecast for Saturday night.

More than 1,000 flights were canceled Saturday at Midway and O’Hare international airports because of stormy conditions that swept large waves into Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive, leading to some lane closures.

A winter storm warning was in effect until early Sunday for areas of northwestern Illinois.

The National Weather Service reported that icy roads led to numerous crashes in the Freeport and Rockford areas.

One person was hospitalized after a salt truck collided with a semitractor-trailer in Roscoe, the Rockford Register Star reported.

The wintry mix was part of a storm system that had killed at least seven people across parts of the U.S. South.

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