Chicago experienced just another cloudy day with occasional snowflakes Wednesday, while a major winter storm dumped over a foot of snow across the southern portions of Illinois and Indiana. The storm continued east mixing in freezing rain and sleet, as it spread heavy blowing snow over most of Ohio into Pennsylvania and New York.
Biggest snow in Illinois
By Wednesday evening, the greatest storm snowfall totals occurred in southeastern Illinois where Albion measured 18.3 inches – followed by 14.5 inches near Marion.
Dearth of snow in Chicago
Here in Chicago we’re fast-approaching another long-standing lack of snow record. Counting Thursday, it will be 306 days, dating back to February 24th, without an official daily measure of at least an inch of snow – the second-longest such stretch on record. The longest period without an inch of snow was 319 days from February 22, 1939 to January 6, 1940.