The 4.8 inches of snow for the day at O'Hare broke the previous record snowfall for Feb. 26 in Chicago, a record set in 1935.
From the start of the snow event late Tuesday morning through daybreak Wednesday, a total of 5.4 inches were measured at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. This snowfall total makes the event the largest snowfall of the season for Chicago thus far, making up 28% of the 2012-2013 winter snowfall total.
The current February total stands at 15.5 inches of snow as of 6 am Wednesday, making this February tied for the 18th snowiest February on record in Chicago.
Fresh snow covers Anish Kapoor's sculpture "Cloud Gate" and gives it the appearance of a cracked egg as a lone pedestrian walks around the stainless steel attraction in Chicago's Millennium Park, as a winter storm of rain and snow begins Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Record-challenging heat will continue in Seattle through midweek before temperatures return to normal.
Above-normal temperatures will be the story around the Bay area to kick off the new week.
Unsettled weather in Atlanta will continue into this week, with the chance of thunderstorms remaining for the area through Tuesday.
After showers and thunderstorm come through the area on Monday, Detroit will see a period of slightly cooler temperatures for much of the week.
After the new week begins with stormy weather, the Cleveland area will see temperatures reminiscent of September move in midweek.
Dallas will see continued periods of heat and dry weather before severe storms bring cooler temperatures midweek.
Montreal, Quebec (1987)
Severe thunderstorms led to flash flooding and many accidents. Widespread damage; two people were killed. A power outage left dozens stranded in subways overnight.
Mason County, OH (1997)
About 5" of rain fell in 2 hours. Many basements flooded. 135 cars in a parking lot at King's Island amusement park were damaged.
Scottsdale, AZ (2001)
Thunderstorm wind gusts (60-80 mph) blew over a power pole into a car killing the driver. Several other poles were blown over, which trapped 8 vehicles with live power lines. several trees were uprooted and a house roof damaged.