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Worst Of Snow Storm Misses City, But Drops Up To 8 Inches In North Suburbs

A Gurnee resident uses a snowblower on Feb. 8, 2013, after a winter storm dumped 4 to 8 inches of snow on the northern suburbs overnight. (Credit: CBS)

A Gurnee resident uses a snowblower on Feb. 8, 2013, after a winter storm dumped 4 to 8 inches of snow on the northern suburbs overnight. (Credit: CBS)

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Updated 02/08/13 – 10:56 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A winter storm that moved through the area Thursday largely missed the city, leaving only about an inch in Chicago, but it hit harder in the northern suburbs, dumping up to eight inches in some areas.

Chicago sent out about 200 plows overnight to keep the streets clear, while the Illinois Tollway deployed its full fleet of 182 plows to patrol 286 miles of tollroads in the area.

CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, in suburban Hoffman Estates – which got a few inches of snow – main streets like Bode Road were clear early Friday, but side streets like Woodlawn Street still had a messy mix of slush, snow and ice on the pavement.

A public works employee said at least 17 plows were making the rounds to clear the side streets Friday morning.

Local resident Perry Pesek said he needed to shovel his sidewalk three times due to the heavy snow.

“I started shoveling around 3:30 when it was coming down, then I went out about 6, and then I went out about 9 o’clock,” he said.

With a layer of ice under a lot of the snow, Pesek also salted his driveway and sidewalk to keep them clear.

Meantime, the storm forced airlines to cancel more than 225 flights at O’Hare International Airport on Thursday. As of 10:30 a.m., an additional 210 flights had been cancelled at O’Hare, mostly to the East Cost, as the storm headed east.

At Midway International Airport, there were only minor cancellations on Thursday, but as of 10:30 a.m. Friday, more than 30 flights had been cancelled.

The snow had largely stopped overnight, but flurries were expected to continue Friday morning.