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Chicago 5th snowiest winter since 2000; weekend snow then bitter cold next week

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Multiple rounds of snow, windy conditions, and dangerously cold temperatures are the main weather headlines over the next several days as a cold and snowy weather pattern remains locked in neutral over the region. This persistent weather pattern has resulted in record snows in Detroit. As of this morning, Detroit recorded its snowiest January on record with 31.3". Chicago has recorded its 5th snowiest winter since 2000 with 44.9". Below is a list of the top 5 snowiest winters since 2000 in Chicago:

  1. 2007-2008 60.3"
  2. 2010-2011 57.9"
  3. 2009-2010 54.2"
  4. 2008-2009 52.7"
  5. 2013-2014 44.9"

Not only has it been a snowy winter season, but a downright COLD one. To date, Chicago has had 13 days with temperatures below zero. That's the most since the 1993-1994 winter season that had 17 days with temperatures below zero. We haven't broken any records with the snow or cold yet, but stay tuned!

Another shot of Arctic air is expected to spill into the region late Sunday through Wednesday. Temperatures during this period is forecasted to be below zero with winds chills as low as -45F. Preceding this Arctic airmass will be multiple rounds of accumulating snow tonight and Sunday. Anywhere from 2-4" is expected by Sunday evening.

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