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Chicago Snowfall Not Saying Much

By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist.
February 23, 2013; 9:01 AM ET

A storm system that brought over a foot of snow to the Plains spread snow into Chicago late Thursday night.

The storm delivered one of the biggest single accumulations of the season so far in Chicago. The storm brought 2.7 inches to O'Hare Airport which spanned the last hour or so of Thursday through about 7:00 a.m. Fri. Feb. 22, 2013. The storm brought 3.3 inches to Midway Airport. Overall between 1 and 5 inches of snow fell across Chicagoland.

The storm remained organized enough to spread moderate snow into northern Illinois and Chicagoland Thursday night into Friday morning before tapering to flurries and some freezing drizzle.

Snowfall in Chicago has been, well, pathetic this winter so far with only 10.7 inches falling as of Feb. 18 at O'Hare. The normal snowfall for the season to date is 27 inches.

The first few days of this month brought the snowiest weather of the season as a series of weak storms from western Canada passed through with rounds of snow just about every day.

Prior to the most recent storm, the biggest snow on a single calendar day was 2.4 inches on Feb. 4. at O'Hare. The storm total, which spanned part of Feb. 3 and 4 was 2.9 inches.

A storm spanning Feb. 1 and 2 brought 2.3 inches at the same airport.

For a larger version of the snow map, visit the AccuWeather.com Winter Weather Center.

While the snowstorm finishing up Friday with a wintry mix will be past peak and beginning to unwind, it has the potential to bring 3 inches or a bit more of the white stuff. As of early Friday morning at midnight, O'Hare had received 1 inch of snow and it was still coming down.

Another storm coming along could bring another period of snow during the first part of next week.

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During the same point in the season last year, Chicago had received 15.7 inches of snow, so the area is running a bit behind last year's pace.

This winter, like last winter, is bringing above-average temperatures. However, it has not been as extreme this winter. Temperatures this winter are averaging 2.2 degrees above average compared to 5.3 degrees above average through Feb. 18.

Despite the ongoing mild conditions and stingy snow in some areas, much more real estate over the Central states is cooler than last winter and has received more snow than last year. Snow is approaching the average mark in some locations.

The storm that came up Thursday over the Plains brought moisture to some very needy areas in the winter wheat belt. However, much more precipitation is needed over the Plains to avoid significant impact this summer.

This story has been updated as of 3:35 a.m. CST Friday, Feb. 22.

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