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Chicago sees 9 straight days of snowfall, matching record

Chicago Tribune logo Chicago Tribune 2/12/2018 By Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas And Madeline Buckley, Chicago Tribune

a man that is standing in the snow: Jordan Weagley shovels snow surrounding his car in the 2600 block of North Fransisco Avenue following several inches of overnight snowfall on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 in Chicago, Ill.

Jordan Weagley shovels snow surrounding his car in the 2600 block of North Fransisco Avenue following several inches of overnight snowfall on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 in Chicago, Ill.
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CHICAGO - Feel like it's been snowing for a week straight?

It has.

It has actually been nine days with "measurable amounts" of snow in Chicago, which, the National Weather Service explains, means 0.1 inches or more. That ties a record and marks just the third time it has happened since the agency began keeping records in 1885, said Stephen Rodriguez, a meteorologist.

The weather service issued a winter weather advisory Saturday night and by noon Sunday, another 4 inches of snow blanketed the Chicago area, spurring travel warnings on the snow-covered roads. Most of the area awoke to find roads and sidewalks they had already painstakingly cleared, repeatedly, in need of yet another round of shoveling.

Rodriguez said the efforts may be the last for a while.

"No, we're not going to break the record," he said, adding that no snow is expected Monday.

Officials had measured 4.3 inches of snow between midnight Saturday and noon Sunday. But that should be it for a while, Rodriguez said.

By nightfall, temperatures around the area were expected to drop significantly from the mid-20s to single digits downtown, and 0 or subzero temperatures in the suburbs to the north, west, and south, he said.

The record ties another nine-day snow pummeling from Jan. 6 to Jan. 14 in 2009, which was the first time in more than a century that there had been measurable snow for so many days. The previous occurrence was in 1902, Rodriguez said.

The snow in the past nine days represents 65 percent of the season's snowfall so far, according to the weather service. Snowfall totals were well below average until this week, but since Feb. 2, the total snowfall at O'Hare for the 2017-2018 season has gone from 10 inches to 28.3 inches as of Sunday, according to the weather service.

Friday's winter storm dumped at least 6 inches across much of the city and suburbs and resulted in mass school closings, dozens of crashes and at least 1,000 flights canceled.

Chicago police reported a fatal traffic crash about 7:30 a.m. Sunday. It wasn't immediately clear whether the crash was related to driving conditions, officials said.

A 27-year-old man driving in the 4200 block of West Division Street in West Humboldt Park, according to police. His vehicle struck a traffic pole and he was rushed to Stroger Hospital, where he later died as a result of his injuries, police said. The man's name had not been released as of Sunday evening.

The crash was under investigation, authorities said.

The snow and cold weather also led to some cancellations at both O'Hare and Midway airport. As of just before 10 p.m. there had been 235 canceled flights at O'Hare and 264 canceled flights at Midway.

All Southwest Airlines flights were canceled because of a lack of de-icing fluid, according to the airline.

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