The Second City seems destined to reach the second-snowiest benchmark this season.
After Monday night's snowfall into Tuesday morning, Chicago is less than a half an inch away from the No. 2 spot for all-time snowiest season on record, and snow could return to the forecast later this week.
Models indicate the potential for another rain-snow mix on Friday. If rain turns to snow like it did this week, we could hit the second-highest record.
The season to beat is 1977-1978, which measured 82.3 inches of snow. The following year, 1978-1978, holds the top spot with 89.7 inches.
In the past 24 hours, 1.4 inches officially fell at O'Hare International Airport, bringing the current season total to 82 inches.
Snowfall totals were higher in the north, with 2.5 inches recorded in Wauconda, in Lake County, and 2.1 inches was reported in DuPage County. Batavia, which lies in DuPage and Kane counties, reported 1.5 inches of snow. Ottawa, in LaSalle County, recorded 1.0 inch of snow.
The new snow came after a weekend with temperatures in the 80s and hail-producing storms.
The rest of this week looks dry with seasonable temperatures in the mid-50s. The next chance for rain comes late Thursday.
Temperatures drop again Friday with rain likely and more snow possible.