CHICAGO (CBS) — In one early spring storm, Chicago topped its average snowfall for the entire month of March, and endured the latest 5-inch snowstorm in more than 30 years.
According to the National Weather Service, 5.8 inches of snow fell at O’Hare International Airport during Monday’s snowstorm, bringing the official total for the month to 6.5 inches. The average snowfall for March in Chicago is 5.6 inches.
It was also the latest snowfall of 5 inches or more that the city has had since 1982, according to the weather service.
For the entire winter, Chicago has had 50.1 inches of snow, the sixth time in the past eight years the winter snow total has surpassed 50 inches in Chicago. By comparison, there was only one winter with that much snow from 1982 to 2007.
Much, if not all of that snow likely will be washed away by a thunderstorm expected Tuesday night, and temperatures that should rise into the low 50s by Wednesday afternoon.
Temperatures will fall back to around freezing on Friday, and only get slightly warmer on Saturday, before a return of more springlike weather on Sunday and Monday, with highs in the low 50s.