O’Hare sets new record snowfall for March 5th

A Winter Storm warning for heavy snow is in effect until midnight Tuesday for northeast Illinois including the Chicago area, southeast Wisconsin and northwest Indiana.

As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, O’Hare Airport reported a new snowfall record for March 5 with 4.1 inches. The old record was 3.8 inches in 2002.

The latest runs of out the Chicago Weather Center in-house RPM models indicate that another 4-6 inches of snow is yet to fall in the Chicago Metro area Tuesday evening.

With areas total already in the 2 to 7 inch range, that puts the potential final snow totals for this storm in the 5 to 12 inch range. As the snow continues this evening  northeast winds will increase to 20-30 mph with higher gusts causing the snow to blow and drift.

The snow is expected to taper off to flurries later this evening and wind down by midnight.

Important links:

Chicago Weather Center

Severe Weather Blog: Real-time updates

Emergency Closings

As of 3 p.m., here are the latest snowfall totals from the WGN Weather Center:

O’Hare Airport 4.1 inches

Midway Airport 5.1 inches

DeKalb 6.5 inches

Oak Brook 5.5 inches

Streator 6.4 inches

Downers Grove 5.1 inches

Elmhurst 4.6 inches

Arlington Heights 5.0 inches

Evanston 5.0 inches

Harvard 6.8 inches

Roscoe 6.1 inches

Chicago Ridge 4.5 inches

Peotone 4.3 inches

Morris 3.4 inches

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