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Snowiest Winters In Chicago: 2014 Cracks Top 5

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A pedestrian navigates a snow-covered sidewalk during her mornoing commute in the Wicker Park neighborhood on February 5, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. About six inches of snow fell on the city overnight marking the 34th day of measurable snow this season, well above the 18-day average. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A pedestrian navigates a snow-covered sidewalk during her mornoing commute in the Wicker Park neighborhood on February 5, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. About six inches of snow fell on the city overnight marking the 34th day of measurable snow this season, well above the 18-day average. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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By John Dodge

CHICAGO (CBS) — Winter 2014 now ranks as one of the snowiest in Chicago.

The 6.9 inches at O’Hare International Airport on Tuesday/Wednesday placed this season as the fourth-heaviest (season to date) for snow since records started being kept in the 1880s.

The likelihood of jumping to No. 3 is almost certain.

So far, Chicago has gotten 58.6 inches of snow, just behind the winter of 1917-18, which saw 59.9 inches. January was the third-snowiest month ever in the city.

There is a chance for more snow on Saturday.

The back-to-back nightmare that was the late 70s, rank as the worst for snow.

The snowiest Chicago ever at this point in the season came in 1978-79 (80.6 inches) and 1977-1978 (71.2 inches). Back then, motorists took to attaching tall orange flags on their vehicles, so that other drivers could see over the snow piles.

The winter of 1966-67 comes in at No. 5 with 58.1 inches, which includes the infamous blizzard on 1967, which a record 23 inches fell in a single day.

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