Snow's Over, Folks

Tuesday beat a 102-year-old snow record

By Andrew Greiner
|  Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010  |  Updated 8:04 AM CDT
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Commuting to work should be a lot less rugged this morning as the winter storm that’s hammered Chicagoland since Monday is subsiding and only occasional flurries should fall for the remainder of the day.

The brunt of the storm pushes east and should taper off by late this morning.

The National Weather Service has canceled the winter storm warning that was supposed to last until 9 a.m. and issued an advisory for blowing and drifting snow instead --- still not ideal driving conditions.

"We still have some cleanup to do, but we're on it," said Illinois Department of Transportation acting dispatch supervisor George Williams told the Chicago Tribune. "We're just playing catchup."

Wind gusts of up to 30 mph will likely blow around the record accumulation on the ground.

Chicago experienced the highest single day precipitation mark for February in 102 years.

The National Weather Service estimates about 12.6 inches of snow hit the city, almost an inch more than the previous record of 11.5 inches on Feb. 18 1908, the Tribune reports. 

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