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Closing in on Chicago's all-time cold and snow records

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Meteorological winter ends this Friday February 28th, but there's no warm up on Saturday the first day of meteorological spring. With that in mind we may as well try and break a few records in return for surviving the extreme cold and snow.

As of Tuesday February 25th Chicago has officially received 68.3" of snow which is nearly double our seasonal average of 36.7". That puts us in 5th place for Chicago's snowiest season on record. All we need is 1/10th of an inch of snow to tie the 4th snowiest season of 1966-1967. We will need 8.7" of snow to tie 3rd place 1969-1970 with 77.0". And to reach the infamous 2nd and 1st place seasons of 1977-1978 with 82.3" and 1978-1979 with 89.7" of snow we need an additional 14.0" or 21.4". That may seem like a stretch, but we still have the wildcard month of March ahead of us and some of our biggest snowstorms have taken place in March. Typically we receive 5.6" of snow in March, but last year 10.4" of snow fell in March.

Turning to record temperatures as of Tuesday February 25th we are tied for 5th place with the number of sub-zero low temperatures. This season we have experienced 22 nights below zero and this week we could easily dip below zero three more times which would tie 1884-1885 for first place.

One other streak to consider is the lowest temperature this late in the season. If we dip to -9 or lower any night after Tuesday February 25th we will break a streak that is 114 years old. The year 1900 is the last time Chicago reached -9 on or after February 25th.


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