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    Chicago: Winter Returns Briefly Making This Winter the Third Snowiest on Record

    By Kristen Rodman, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    March 13, 2014; 4:50 AM ET
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    Despite recent warmth in the city, winter returned full force Wednesday; however, cold air will remain through Thursday.

    A snowstorm spread through Chicago early Wednesday morning, changing rain to snow and dumping approximately 6 inches of snow on the city.

    Upon the snowfall on Wednesday, this winter became the third snowiest on record for Chicago with a total of 67.4 inches so far, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.

    While the snowstorm has since left the city, its impacts will continue to be felt as the storm moves northeastward impacting some of the nation's major cities and airport hubs.

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    Air traffic will continue to be delayed through Thursday, as planes coming from areas affected by the snow will likely experience delays or cancellations.

    As of early afternoon Wednesday, nearly 1,000 flights had been canceled nationwide with almost 300 of those cancellations coming out of Chicago O'Hare International, according to FlightStats.

    Although the storm has left the Chicago area, the cold will linger in the city as temperatures will struggle to rise above freezing Thursday.

    Anyone outdoors early morning hours Thursday should be aware and dress properly, as cold-related illnesses may be possible as temperatures bottom out in the single digits.

    The Thursday morning commute will feel bitter but relief will be on the way as temperatures will rebound close to 15 degrees, nearing 50F right in time for the weekend on Friday.

    Through Saturday, temperatures will remain in the 40s accompanied by times of sunshine.

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