Snowfall Record Falls in Chicago

February 7, 2011; 12:15 PM ET
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A ruthless blizzard struck the Chicago area Feb. 1st and 2nd, 2011. (Photo submitted by AccuWeather Facebook Fan Fireworks R.)

The past several winters in Chicago have been unusually snowy. In fact, the seasonal snowfall total for each of the past three winters has surpassed 50.0 inches at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

This run of exceptionally niveous winters matched the winters of 1976-1977, 1977-1978 and 1978-1979 for the most years in a row with snowfall totals topping 50.0 inches in Chicago.

On Sunday a weak system slipping through the Midwest deposited 2.6 inches of snow in Chicago. With a seasonal snowfall total for the winter of 2011-2011 now 50.1 inches, this marks the first time in Chicago weather history that there have been four consecutive winters with 50.0 inches or greater of snow.

In an average winter, this location typically sees total snowfall accumulations around 38.0 inches.

The intense blizzard that brought Chicago to a standstill earlier this month proved to be a major contributor to breaking this record. That snowstorm buried the city with 20.2 inches of snow.


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