Monday’s Snow Puts Chicago Near February Record

CHICAGO (CBS) — Monday night’s snowfall in Chicago wasn’t enough to set an all-time record for the month of February, but it did move the city one place closer to that milestone.

The greatest amount of snow recorded in the month of February in Chicago was the 27.8 inches recorded in 1896, according to the National Weather Service.

Overnight, .2 inches of snow was recorded at O’Hare Airport, according to NWS meteorologist Stephen Rodriguez, for 26.3 inches for the month so far. That nudged this month into second place among February snowfalls, past the 26.2 inches recorded in 1994, he said.

Some snow has fallen since 6 a.m. Rodriguez said, so by the time that is recorded Tuesday afternoon, we could find ourselves even closer to the record mark.

No additional snow was expected Tuesday. The weather service forecasts “several inches of accumulation possible” late Thursday into Friday.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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