Latest winter storm pushes several cities into the top-five for snow this season

The Chicago area is digging out from more snow after a winter storm blew through Tuesday into Wednesday across the Windy City. Chicago O’Hare picked up 3.6” of snow, but areas just south of the city picked up 4-6” of snow including Joliet. Below is a look the snowfall map for the Chicago area provided by the Chicago National Weather Service Office.

Chicago had just gotten rid of their previous snow pack before this storm hit. It’s been a very snow winter for the city. With the latest storm this week, the snowfall for the entire season is now up to 79.1” making it the 3rd snowiest season on record (July 1st to June 30th) via the Chicago NWS.

The storm that dumped on Chicago continued into the Northeast. Some places saw as much as one to two feet of snow. This latest round of snow has many big cities in the Midwest and Northeast being in the top-five snowiest winters this year.
Here’s a list of those cities.

Ann Arbor, MI: 1st snowiest, 92.1" (previous record: 89.8", 2007 - 2008)
Toledo, OH: 1st snowiest, 84.8" (previous record: 73.1" in 1977 - 1978)
Ft. Wayne, IN: 1st snowiest, 72.2" (previous record: 61.1", 1981-82)
Detroit, MI: 2nd snowiest, 90.7" (record: 93.6" 1880 - 1881)
Flint, MI: 2nd snowiest, 81.8" (record: 82.9", 1974 - 1975)
Grand Rapids, MI: 2nd snowiest, 112.6" (record: 132.2", 1951 - 1952)
Billings, MT: 2nd snowiest, 95.2" (record: 98.7", 1996 - 1997)
Chicago, IL: 3rd snowiest, 79.1" (record: 89.7", 1978 - 1979)
Philadelphia, PA: 3rd snowiest, 62.9" (record: 78.7", 2009 - 2010)
Indianapolis, IN: 3rd snowiest, 54.7" (record: 58.2", 1981 - 1982)
Cincinnati, OH: 4th snowiest, 45.8" (record: 53.9", 1977 - 1978)

Here in Eau Claire we are up to 62.2” so far this season. We’re still quite a bit away from cracking the top-five snowiest winters here. The number five spot is 78.2” set back during the winter of 1968/1969. Here comes the BUT….next week is looking more and more interesting. A storm system looks to develop across the Midwest and could bring us some significant snowfall depending on how it all shakes out. It’s still several days away but it’s something to keep in mind and keep. Meanwhile, the weather stays relatively quiet through the weekend.


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