Single-digit wind chills/scattered light snow this morning

Northeast winds have strengthened this morning – gusting to near 40 miles per hour and that combined with temperatures ranging from the upper teens north to mid 20s south has resulted in widespread single-digit wind chills across the Chicago area this morning. A band of scattered light snow and flurries was oriented west-east over the I-88/I-80 corridor and slowly drifting south.

A cold Canadian-source high pressure air mass centered over Lake Superior was sinking south while a center of low pressure in Arkansas was tracking east – tightening the pressure gradient across the Midwest and creating the strong winds. Cloudiness should break up and winds let up today as the center of high pressure approaches from the north.

Winds Chills at 5:15AM CDT this morning

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Snow exceeded 6-inches in southern portions of the Chicago area

Several reports half-foot snowfall have come in this morning Midway, Palos Park, Joliet and Crest Hill all came in with 6-inches or more. Following is a list of the most recent reports…

 Location       Snowfall (inches)

Oak lawn                     5.5

Midway                       6.0

O’Hare                       3.6

Yorkville                      3.8

Rogers park                3.5

Bonfield                       4.2

Palos Park                  6.0

Lisle                             5.0

Peotone                       4.2

Batavia                        3.0

Schererville, IN           5.2

Remington, IN             3.5

Coal City                     5.2

Downers Grove          5.1

Hinsdale                      4.5

Crest Hill                     6.0

Lemont                        4.0

It’s now the third-snowiest winter in Chicago weather records

Chicago’s official weather observing site reported a storm total of  3.6 inches snowfall. This makes the 2013-14 season total 79.1 inches – the third snowiest in weather records dating back to the 1884-85 season. Midway picked up 6.0 inches storm total, making their seasonal total 85.2 inches – their second-snowiest.

Snowfall records:

Official Chicago site ( Currently O’Hare Airport)

1-    89.7 inches 1978-79

2-    82.3 inches 1977-78

3-    79.1 inches 2013-14

4-    77.0 inches 1969-70

Midway

1-    89.7 inches 1978-79

2-    85.2 inches 2013-14

3-    82.3 inches 1977-78

4-    77.0 inches 1969-70

The Midway site was the “official” site from 1942 to 1979.

Midway moves into 2nd snowiest winter

At 5:15AM this morning Midway had reported a storm total of 5.2 inches and still snowing. This makes the winter 2013-14 snowfall total at that location 84.4 inches. This surpasses the 82.3 inches measured back in the winter of 1977-78 and puts this winter at Midway as the 2nd snowiest in weather records. The snowiest was 89.7 inches back in 1978-79.

Snow is letting up at most Chicago-area locations as of 6AM CDT

Following are some of the latest snowfall totals…

 Location      Snowfall (inches)

Romeoville                  4.1

North Aurora               4.0

St. Charles                  3.8

Elk Grove Village        3.0

Marengo                      0.2

Midway                       5.2

Joliet                            6.2