Latest snowfall moves season into area's third snowiest in recorded history

O'Hare International Airport collected about 3.6 inches of snow early Wednesday, making this the third snowiest winter in the area since record-keeping began in 1884, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Jamie Enderlen.

About 79.1 inches of snow has fallen this season at the airport, moving past 1969-70, when 77 inches fell.

In second place is 1977-78, when 82.3 inches fell. In 1978-79, 89.7 inches fell.

Romeoville, the western suburbs' primary recording station, received 5.4 inches of snow Wednesday morning, bringing the seasonal total to 70.9 inches, according to Enderlen.

She said historical seasonal records aren't kept for that monitoring location.

Spring-like weather should return by the end of the week, she said, with highs predicted in the upper 40s by Friday.