Chicago – 20 inches of snow by Saturday night possible

“Travel will be very difficult to impossible at times overnight and into Friday morning,” the National Weather Service warns. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour.


8 Feb 2018 – Up to 20 inches of snow could fall in Chicago by the end of the weekend. If that happens, it could put this event on par with the biggest snowfalls in the city’s history.

Snow will start falling tonight, with 6 to 10 inches of snow on the ground at sunrise.

But it won’t stop there.

Forecasts are calling for 8 to 14 inches of snow on the ground by Friday evening, with another 3 to 6 inches possible on Saturday.

If the storm dumps the full 20 inches, it would place it among the top 5 snowfall events in the city’s history. However, for record-keeping purposes, the entire event might not be considered one single storm.

Here are the top 10 snowstorms in Chicago history, according to the National Weather Service:

1. 23.0 inches Jan 26-27, 1967
2. 21.6 inches Jan 1-3, 1999
3. 21.2 inches Feb. 1-2, 2011
4. 20.3 inches Jan 13-14, 1979
5. 19.3 inches Feb. 1-2, 2015
6. 19.2 inches Mar 25-26, 1930
7. 16.2 inches Mar 7-8, 1931
8. 15.0 inches Dec 17-20, 1929
9. 14.9 inches Jan 30, 1939
10. 14.9 inches Jan 6-7, 1918

Thanks to Jack Hydrazine and Vance for these links

3 thoughts on “Chicago – 20 inches of snow by Saturday night possible”

  1. Last weekend of 2/2/2018, oklahoma weather guys predicted 30% chance of precip. Was sunny and nice. Then the following Tuesday, 2/6/2018, they predicted an ice storm. Nothing happened. This weekend of 2/10/2018, the oklahoma METEOROLOGISTS are predicting another dangerous ice storm and are hyping it up and talking about how to prepare for it. But then giving it a 30% chance. sheesh.

    • Why, yes.

      An ICE AGE is really only a “cold snap”……………….

      Doesn’t sound so bad, does it?

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