Updated 03/12/14 – 8:45 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — This winter moved up another notch on the list of snowiest winters in Chicago overnight, when more than 3 inches fell at O’Hare International Airport, making the total snowfall this winter the third most on record.
Still, the storm wasn’t quite as bad as forecasts predicted, falling short of the 8 inches possible in forecast models. A winter storm warning from the National Weather Service was cut two hours short Wednesday, ending at 11 a.m., rather than 1 p.m. as originally planned.
The snowstorm was moving out of the Chicago area by 7 a.m., but not before dumping 3.6 inches at O’Hare, and 6.0 inches at Midway International Airport. Some suburbs got up to 6.5 inches.
The storm officially placed this winter as third snowiest on record for Chicago, with 79.1 inches at O’Hare, surpassing the 77 inches recorded in the winter of 1969-70.
For reference, 79.1 inches is just over 6’7″, or an inch taller than Michael Jordan, who is 6’6″. It’s still a few inches shy of the second snowiest winter in Chicago, when 82.3 inches fell in 1977-78. The record is 89.7 inches of snow in 1978-79.