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Winter season now fourth-snowiest on record

Updated: March 1, 2014 10:38AM



As of Saturday morning, the 2013-2014 winter season is the fourth-snowiest on record in Chicago, according to the National Weather Service, with up to 6 more inches expected to fall across the area by Monday morning.

At 6 a.m., 68.9 inches of snow had fallen at O’Hare International Airport since the start of winter, according the weather service. The third-snowiest winter on record was the 1969-1970 season, when 77 inches fell.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the Chicago area beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday that will remain in effect until 9 a.m. Sunday. The heaviest snowfall will occur Saturday afternoon, with the possibility of up to one inch accumulating per hour, according to the weather service.

Between 4 and 6 inches of snow are forecast to fall across the area Saturday afternoon, with up to 8 in areas near Lake Michigan, according to weather service forecasts. The high temperature is expected to climb to the mid-20s, while the low will be between 8 and 12 degrees.

As of 8:30 a.m., the expected snowfall did not cause any flight cancellations at O’Hare or Midway airports, according to the city’s Department of Aviation.

There is a chance of more snow Sunday, and the wind chill could lower temperatures to minus 15 Sunday night as gusts are expected to reach 30 mph, according to the weather service.

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