Including today, according to the National Weather Service, Chicago has had measurable snow statistics from O’Hare International Airport on nine consecutive days (Feb. 8-Feb. 16, 2021). The measurable snow ties the record for consecutive days with measurable snow in the city, previously set on February 3-11, 2018.
Total snowfall amounts since Sunday evening at local climate sites included a total of 17.7 inches near Midway International Airport due to the heavy lake effect snow that combined with the winter storm snow.
The winter storm with enhanced lake effect snow produced 15-20 inches of snowfall in areas of Cook County near Lake Michigan, land east of O’Hare International Airport and land between O’Hare and Midway (>18″ not specifically report yet). The heaviest snow was just to the east of O’Hare (Chicago’s official climate site), but total snowfall at O’Hare International Airport was much lower (7.5″) than locations just a few miles east.
NWS Snowfall Reports 2/14-2/16 AM
Midway 3 mi. SW: 17.7″
1 N Douglas Chicago: 16.9″
Albany Park: 16″
Harwood Heights: 15″
1 E Lakeview Chicago: 14.5″
Oak Lawn: 14.5″
1 ENE Forest Park: 13″
Kenosha, WI: 12.5″
NWS Chicago-Romeoville: 7.8″
2 W Aurora: 4.1″
1 N Roselle: 3.8″
Rockford Airport: 3.0″
Snowfall measured in Arlington Heights from the period of Sunday, February 14, 2021 to Tuesday morning, February 16, 2021 is 4.5 to 6.0 inches.
In central Arlington Heights, 3 to 4.5 inches of new snowfall was measured for the period of 3:00 p.m. Monday to 7:00 a.m. Tuesday. Snowfall overnight from Sunday to Monday was measured at 1.5 inches.
Southeast neighborhoods in Arlington Heights are expected to have measured closer to O’Hare’s 7.5 inches.
A much weaker system is forecast to bring light snow to the region Wednesday afternoon and early evening, February 17, 2021. If snow occurs and at least 0.1″ is recorded at Chicago-O’Hare on Wednesday, a new record would be set for consecutive days of measurable snow at 10 days (February 8 to February 17).
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