Updated: February 25, 2011 10:31AM
The Chicago area still needs slightly less than a half-inch of snow to break an all-time record for February snowfall after a winter storm expected to drop several inches early Friday mostly passed to the south.
The snowfall record is expected to be reached this weekend with snow slated for Friday night into Saturday morning.
Midway International Airport was dusted with 0.6 inches of the white stuff and O’Hare International Airport received 0.4 inches, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Wilson.
The majority of the snow fell to the south of Chicago, with Peotone getting 3.8 inches, Wilson said.
“[Friday] will be looking kind of quiet,” Wilson said. “But the warm air will return to the area.”
The Chicago area is expected to receive close to a inch of snow Friday night into Saturday morning, Wilson said.
Cook, DuPage, and Kane counties had been included Thursday in a winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service but the advisory later shifted to LaSalle, Kendall, Grundy, Will, Kankakee in Illinois, and Lake and Porter counties in Indiana.
The city’s Department of Streets & Sanitation deployed 174 snow fighting trucks to patrol main routes and Lake Shore Drive as of 11:30 p.m. Thursday, according to a release from spokesman Matt Smith.
Chicago had been expected to get 2 to 4 inches of snow early Friday, according to the national weather service.
Meanwhile, Chicago is one step closer to a milestone. The 27.8 inches of snow that fell in February in 1896 remains atop the record books. But this February is second with 27 inches, just 0.4 inches short, according to the weather service.