Mike Hamernik's full forecast - 2/2/14

Snowfall for the Chicago metro area as of late Saturday afternoon ranged from about 2 inches in the far northwest suburbs to 8 inches in northwest Indiana, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm that began Friday night did not add enough to snow totals to top the snowiest January on record – 42.5 inches in 1918.  But with 33.7 inches, January remains the third snowiest month in Chicago since records first began in 1884, according to the weather service. With a total of 51.9 inches of snow so far this season, the winter was in fifth place for overall snowfall up to Feb. 1 as of 6 p.m. Saturday, said weather service meteorologist Gino Izzi.

The snowiest winter ever was 1978-79, which saw 89.7 inches of snow.

And now, February is off to a snowy start.

Four inches fell at O'Hare International Airport since Friday night, according to the weather service, and 8-inch accumulations were seen in Dwight and Marseilles, both communities southwest of Chicago in north central Illinois.

Other snowfall totals included 7.4 inches in south suburban Crete, 6.8 inches in Merrillville, Ind., 6.6 inches in northwest suburban Schaumburg, 6 inches in southwest suburban Joliet, 5.5 inches in west suburban Aurora, 5.3 inches at Midway International Airport, 4.2 inches in north suburban Lincolnwood, 2.8 inches in far north suburban Mundelein, and 2.6 inches in far northwest suburban Woodstock.

The next chance for snow will come Tuesday, National Weather Service meteorologist Charles Mott said. As of about 6 a.m. sunday, it was 9 degrees at O'Hare, with more cold temperatures expected as February continues.

In Chicago, a high of 15 is forecasted for Sunday, with highs of 18 and 23 on Monday and Tuesday, Mott said.

January 2014 ended as the 10th coldest January on record in Chicago since 1872, according to the National Weather Service. The average high temperature was 24.6 degrees, which is 6.4 degrees below normal.

The morning snowfall was enough to result in 370 flight cancellations at O'Hare International Airport, where there were delays of up to 30 minutes for flights that got off the ground, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. At Midway International Airport, 105 flights were cancelled.

Tribune reporter Kate Thayer contributed

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