Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Blizzard ends in Chicago

By Jason Samenow

Snow totals reach historic levels

3:30 p.m.: National Weather Service is indicating the snow total was 20.2" at noon central. It's possible the final number will be a little higher, but unlikely to move to #2 on the list (21.6" from Jan. 1-3 1999).

2:00 p.m. Looks like the snow has ended in Chicago. Still awaiting a final total.

12:25 p.m.: Some lake-enhanced snow bands continue to slam Chicago. Storm chaser Reed Timmer reports "This is the most incredible snow event I've ever seen in Chicago. That lake effect band is INCREDIBLE.. highest snowfall rates so far." Chicago Weather Center has a great photo gallery of the storm.

11:45 a.m. update (10:45 central time): Chicago now has 20.2" of snow as of 11:30 a.m. - so storm is still the third biggest on record. Snow is almost over so it may not reach #2 or #1. Chicago Weather Center reports drifts to 12 feet!

From 10:15 a.m.: Snow continues to fall heavily around Chicago with wind gusts to around 30 mph, and visibility of a quarter mile or less. Chicago O'Hare has received 19.5 inches of snow through 9 a.m. central time according to official National Weather Service reports. Three to five more inches are possible today.

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