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Nearly 6 Inches of Snow Falls in 3-Hour Span at Chicago's Midway Airport During Winter Storm

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As the Chicago area continues to cope with a powerful winter storm, Midway International Airport was one of the hardest-hit areas in the region, with nearly six inches of snow falling within a three-hour span on Monday evening.

According to the National Weather Service, Midway has reported 11.9 inches of snow as of 9 p.m. Monday. That snowfall total is the highest in the city of Chicago, according to reports published by NWS.

Between 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., 2.9 inches of snow fell at the airport, per NWS. In the hour and 10 minutes following that, another 3 inches of snow fell, meaning that 5.9 inches of snow had fallen at the airport in a three-hour span.

Understandably, the snow has had a big impact on operations at the airport, with 157 flights canceled as of 10 p.m. on Monday night.

Even with those eye-popping numbers, the show isn’t over yet at Midway, or in the Chicago area in general. In fact, snow is expected to continue through the morning on Tuesday, with a winter storm warning in effect until noon for Lake and Cook counties.

Lake-effect snow and lake-enhancement could fuel the snow, with 6-to-12 additional inches of snow possible before the system finally moves out of the region Tuesday afternoon.

For the latest snowfall totals, and the latest details on the storm, be sure to stay tuned to NBC 5 Chicago and download the NBC Chicago app.

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