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.
Some forecasts have snow over the weekend.