Winter Season Now Chicago's Fourth Snowiest on Record

By 6 a.m., O’Hare International Airport had recorded .6 inches of snow, bringing the season’s total to 68.9 inches

Saturday, Mar 1, 2014  |  Updated 2:49 PM CDT
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    Overnight snow Friday may have accumulated to less than an inch, but it was just enough to bump this season up in the record books.

    By 6 a.m., O’Hare International Airport had recorded .6 inches of snow, bringing the season’s total to 68.9 inches, pushing past the winter of 1966-1967 for the fourth snowiest on record.

    The next target: the winter of 1969-1970, which saw 77 inches.

    According to the National Weather Service, this winter season ranks as the third snowiest in terms of the meteorological winter, which runs December through February.

    The weather service said the city saw 67.4 inches of snow during the meteorological winter, falling behind the 1977-1978 winter season and the 1978-1979 winter season.

    It was also the third coldest winter on record for the meteorological winter, with an average temperature of 18.8 degrees.

    The Chicago area is expected to see several inches of snow this weekend as a second weekend storm moves in late Saturday.

    Accumulations of up to an inch are expected before the storm intensifies overnight and into the morning hours Sunday.

    By the end of the day Sunday, the Chicago area could see anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of snow, bringing us closer to the totals of the 1969-1970 winter season, but likely not close enough.

    Light snow showers could move in during next week as temps hover in the 20s.

    But we’ve still got a long way to go before we even match the winter of 1978-1979 which saw a whopping 89.7 inches of snow.
     

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