Complaints from winter-worn Chicagoans are warranted. The weather for the past three months has broken into the top three snowiest and coldest winters on record.
Between the months of December and February, known as the meteorological winter, 67.4 inches of snow were recorded here, making it the third snowiest on record, according to the National Weather Service. It was also the third coldest meteorological winter on record, with an average temperature of 18.8 degrees between December and February.
The snowiest December though February in recorded history was 1978-79, when 80.6 inches fell. The coldest was 1903-04, when the average temperature December through February was 18.3 degrees.
The National Weather Service also tracks snowfall totals for months outside of December through February. When total snowfall for July 2013 to Saturday is taken into consideration, that moves this season down to the fourth snowiest on record.
Barely a half inch of snowfall was recorded at O'Hare International Airport by 6 a.m. Saturday, the first day of March, bringing the total snowfall for the season so far to 68.9 inches, said meteorologist Gino Izzo.
It’s likely not done yet. Two to five more inches could fall by Sunday evening, Izzo said.
It probably won’t be enough to pass the snowfall total for the third snowiest July through June total – which was 1969-70 with 77 inches. In 1977-78, 82.3 inches were recorded. In 1978-79, the snowiest July through June season in Chicago on record, 89.7 inches were recorded.
There’s a small chance for minor snowfall next week, too, Izzo said, while temperatures will remain below average for March. The forecast shows high temperatures in the 20s through Wednesday, while the average is in the low 40s, Izzo said.