Update as of 10:00pm CST: Chicago O'Hare's final daily record snow tally of 9.2" is the largest snowfall in over 2 years, since Feb. 1-2, 2011.
- It's the 4th largest calendar day snowfall on record in the city.
- It's the largest calendar day March snow in Chicago since 11.5 inches fell on March 2, 1954.
- It's the most snow in the month of March since 11.2 inches fell in March 2002.
- Since February, 26.0 inches of snow or (88%) of the season's snow has fallen.
- Chicago's seasonal snow rises to 29.5 inches, just 1.4 inches below normal.
Rockford's final daily record snow tally of 9.6" was also the largest snow to fall in over 2 years, since Feb. 1-2, 2011.
- This tied for the 5th largest calendar day March snow on record.
- It's the largest March snow in Rockford on a calendar day since 10.4 inches fell March 29, 1972.
- This makes it the snowiest March since 10.4 inches fell in March 1999.
- Rockford's seasonal snow rises to 36.7 inches, which happens to be 4.5 inches above normal.
As forecasted, a swath of 5-10 inches with locally higher amounts fell over the Chicago area on Tuesday. Below is a list of snowfall tallies from around the Chicago area:
- 12.0" Portage
- 11.1" Streator
- 11.5" Merrillville
- 11.0" Loves Park
- 10.0" Chesterton & Palos Heights
- 9.6" Rockford
- 9.5" Downers Grove
- 9.4" Midway & Roscoe
- 9.1" Batavia
- 9.0" Streamwood & Homewood
- 8.9" Chicago Ridge
- 8.7" Romeoville & Joliet
- 8.5" Naperville
- 6.2" Beach Park
- 5.0" Kentland & Milford
Previous News: Today, Chicago O'Hare set a daily snowfall record of 6 inches, breaking the old record of 3.8 inches set back in 1999. This is officially the first 6 inch snowfall and Chicago's largest snow in over 2 years, since the February 1-2 Groundhog Day Blizzard where a total of 20.3 inches fell including 13.6 inches on Feb.1 and 6.7 inches on Feb. 2.
A clipper system that originated from Alberta Canada developed into a massive snowstorm and dumped double digit snow across Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota. The storm has so far brought a swath of 5-10 inches over the Chicago area. Snow as high as a foot is possible in some spots before ending tonight.
The storm is set to merge with another storm from the south and spread snow eastward across the Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic region. Washington D.C. is expected to receive their largest snow of the season and entire year after only receiving 1.5 inches this past winter season. Stay tuned for more updates as the storm is still in progress over the Chicago region!
Prepared by Meteorologist Andrei Evbuoma on
Saturday, March 3, 2013 at 5:00 P.M. CST
Copyright © 2013 by Andrei Evbuoma
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