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McHenry County misses worst of winter storm

3.6 inches at O'Hare moves this winter into third snowiest on record

McHenry County avoided significant snowfall from last night's storm that dumped half a foot on some Chicago suburbs.

There were no snowfall reports of more than an inch in McHenry County, according to the National Weather Service.

"Generally speaking, McHenry County was relatively on the lighter side," National Weather Service Meteorologist Stephen Rodriguez said.

Areas south and east of McHenry County saw much greater snow accumulation, with 6.2 inches recorded in Joliet and 5.2 inches recorded at Midway Airport.

And the 3.6 inches of snow at O'Hare International Airport has officially marked this winter as the third snowiest on record. A total of 79.1 inches of snow has fallen at the airport, which is just behind the 82.3 inches during the 1977-78 season for second place.

The snowiest season at O'Hare was the 89.7 inches that fell in the 1978-79 season.

Rodriguez said the weather service is tracking a few potential storm systems next week, but he could not predict with certainty if the area would see more snow. McHenry County will see a slight warmup tomorrow and Friday, but a cold front is expected to move in by the weekend, he said, keeping temperatures cooler than normal for this time of year.

-Jim Dallke

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