Some very large snow totals being reported

Snow reports continue to pour into the WGN Weather center

The latest evening snow totals include

8 inches at Gurnee

6 inches at Zion

6.2 inches Beach Park

3.5 inches Mt. Prospect

2.0 inches Oak Brook


The snow was accompanied by whiteout conditions and starting around 9 pm lightning and thunder  especially on Chicago’s northwest side near Harlem and the Kennedy Expressway.

Chicago seasonal snowfall tops 50 inches!!

As of 9pm O’Hare International Airport had measured 1 in of new snow this evening and 1.6 inches for the day bringing the season total there to 50.3 inches. This makes 2009-10 the third consecutive 50 inch plus snow season, a feat achieved only once before in Chicago’s history. 

2007-08 60.3″

2008-09 52.7″

2009-10 50.3″ (through 9pm Feb. 24) 


Only other  3 straight 50 plus seasons

1976-77 54.1 “

1977-78 82.3″

1978-79 89.7″  (Chicago’s all-time snowiest winter)



Snow band shifting south out of Wisconsin-Northeast Illinois catching the brunt – Thundersnow reported on Chicago's northwest side.

Shortly before 9 pm radar indicated the band of heavy lake effect snow was slowly moving south out of Wisconsin with the snow about to end at Kenosha. A solid band of heavy lake effect snow covered all of Lake County, extreme southeast McHenry County southeast Kane County, the northern portions of Will and Kendall counties and north and west portions of Cook. The snow was falling at intense rates of more than an inch an hour and visibilities were dropping to 1/4 mile or less at the height on the snow

Two inches of new snow was on the ground at Mundelein. 2 1/4 inches at Mt. Prospect and 1.0 inches at O’Hare.  Thundersnow was reported at Devon and Central shortly before 9pm.