The storm that hit the Chicago area overnight Tuesday dropped up to 6 inches of snow — moving this season into third place for snowiest on record.
The flakes had been falling at a rate of 2 inches per hour, and was expected to be gone by late Wednesday morning, forecasters said. Wind gusts were reaching up to 40 miles per hour.
The snow total for Chicago stands at 79.1 inches, still more than 10 inches shy of the record of 89.7 inches in 1978-79, reported NBC Chicago.
The latest storm, meanwhile, was wreaking havoc for travelers. Illinois State Police reported spinouts and crashes overnight from the snow and slush.
More than 140 flights were canceled and 41 delayed at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday morning, according to FlightAware.com. Chicago’s Midway International also reported dozens of cancellations.