2:01 PM CST, February 2, 2011
The snowstorm that battered the area looks to be the 3rd biggest on record in Chicago.
As of noon 20.2 inches of snow was recorded at O'Hare International Airport, putting the storm ahead of the infamous storm of January 1979 that left 18.8 inches and was widely considered a factor in the mayoral race.
The storm has already set another record: Feb. 1 was the snowiest February day recorded in Chicago.
Asked if the storm was matching predictions, weather service meteorologist Gino Izzi said, “As it turns out, I think it’s pretty safe to say we nailed it.”
Following are the five top winter storms to hit Chicago:
1. 23.0 inches on Jan. 26-27, 1967
2. 21.6 inches on Jan .1-3, 1999
3. 20.2 inches on Feb. 1-2, 2011
4. 19.2 inches on March 25-26, 1930
5. 18.8 inches on Jan. 13-14, 1979