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45th day of measurable snow and counting

Wednesday was the 45th day this winter there has been measurable snow in the Chicago area.

That's the most days of snow through March 5 in 129 years of snow records, according to WGN-TV's Chicago Weather Center. This winter also moved closer to another milestone: The third highest accumulation of snow.

As of noon Wednesday, 75.2 inches was recorded at O’Hare International Airport this winter. That's 1.8 inches shy of the winter of 1969-70, when 77 inches. The two top winters are 1977-78 with 82.3 inches and 1978-79 with 89.7 inches.

Two to 4 inches fell across the Chicago area Wednesday, with Lake Forest in Lake County getting 5 inches.

The snow began around 5 a.m. and jammed traffic on all the expressways, with speeds averaging 20 to 25 mph along many stretches.

The lows overnight are fell to between 14 and 20. Highs Wednesday are predicted in the mid-20s. On Friday, highs are expected to rise above freezing, as high as possibly in the upper 30s.

Some forecasts have snow over the weekend.

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