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We're Number Three!: Another Snowfall Record Is Established

By Chuck Sudo in News on Mar 12, 2014 1:30PM

Photo credit: Debbie Mercer

We still wait for Persephone to arrive with the promise of spring after Hades tightened his grip on his bride with some more snow across Chicago Tuesday night. Another 3.6 inches of snow was recorded at O'Hare International Airport by 6:15 a.m., pushing the cumulative total snowfall for Winter 2013-14 to 79.1 inches—the third-highest recorded total in the city's history. Midway Airport recorded 5.2 inches of snow which I had the honor of trudging through this morning; if you're flying out of either airport check with your air carrier for any delays or cancellations.

Mayor Emanuel, who is down in Austin for South by Southwest (and to raise money for his campaign fund) seems to have learned the term "Bilandic" is a pejorative in Chicago and had the city's entire snow plow fleet on the streets just as the snow began to fall heavy. That was a cold comfort for motorists on their morning commutes. The Illinois State Police recorded 46 weather-related crashes across the greater Chicago area. ComEd reported 40,000 homes were without power Wednesday morning.