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A Chicago resident digs his car out from under fresh snowfall on Monday. The city got 5 inches officially, bringing the season's total to 67.9 inches so far this winter, the 5th highest total on record. (Credit: CBS)

A Chicago resident digs his car out from under fresh snowfall on Monday. The city got 5 inches officially, bringing the season’s total to 67.9 inches so far this winter, the 5th highest total on record. (Credit: CBS)

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By John Dodge

CHICAGO (CBS) — Monday’s snowstorm now places this winter has the fifth-snowiest on record.

So far this year, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has measured 67.9 inches of snow.

Another half inch will place this season at No. 4.

The seasonal average is around 38 inches. It is about 50 more inches than last season.

    RANK TOTAL SNOW WINTER

1) 89.7 IN. 1978-1979
2) 82.3 IN. 1977-1978
3) 77.0 IN. 1969-1970
4) 68.4 IN. 1966-1967
5) 67.9 IN. 2013-2014
6) 66.4 IN. 1951-1952
7) 64.1 IN. 1917-1918
8) 60.3 IN. 2007-2008

While there is a slight warming trend this week, there is still time to add even more to that total.

What makes the 2013-14 total even more impressive is the fact that Chicago has escaped a historically massive snowstorm so far this year.

For example, the 1967 total was boosted by the all-time record of 23 inches of snow on Jan. 26-27.

In 1979, 20 inches of snow fell on Jan 13-14, the fourth biggest single snowstorm on record.

The 10th-worst single snowstorm?

March, 1970.

That’s right, March.

A total of 14 inches fell on March 26-27.

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