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Chicago Walloped By 5th Biggest Snowstorm In City's History

The city has seen about 20 inches of snow since Saturday. And residents are pretty proud of how they didn't overreact to it — unlike another major metropolis to the east.

Last updated on February 2, 2015, at 5:38 p.m. ET

Posted on February 2, 2015, at 11:36 a.m. ET

Chicago is digging itself out of its 5th largest snowstorm ever on Monday after nearly 20 inches fell at O'Hare Airport between Saturday and 7 a.m. Monday.

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The city received 16.2 inches of snow on February 1, making it the snowiest February day in Chicago history. The snow total also made it the 4th snowiest day on record for any month in the city, the National Weather Service said.

This weekend's snowstorm is the fifth largest to hit Chicago, and more snow this morning could push it to fourth.

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This weekend's snowstorm is the fifth largest to hit Chicago, and more snow this morning could push it to fourth.

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The lake-effect snow had largely tapered off in time for the morning commute, and no major traffic incidents have been reported, according to the Chicago Tribune. Still, major delays were reported on public transportation — but unlike in New York last week, trains were still running.

Only 2,400 electric customers were without power Monday morning, the Tribune reported. Chicago Public Schools closed for the third time this year.

Diversey Brown Line is dragging. Last trIm too packed to board

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Diversey Brown Line is dragging. Last trIm too packed to board

8:37 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Packed like sardines ... Brown Line at Diversey. @Suntimes

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Packed like sardines ... Brown Line at Diversey. @Suntimes

8:42 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Residents are waking to over 19 inches of snow and a commute that promises to be difficult http://t.co/X5X6LjsEYH

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Residents are waking to over 19 inches of snow and a commute that promises to be difficult http://t.co/X5X6LjsEYH

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Airplanes stand in the snow at O'Hare International Airport on Sunday.
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Airplanes stand in the snow at O'Hare International Airport on Sunday.

It wasn't completely business-as-usual in Chicago: Deep-dish pizza shop Lou Malnati's closed at 6 p.m. CT on Sunday — back when it still looked like the Seahawks would win the Super Bowl.

The snowstorm made for rough driving conditions on the biggest food delivery day of the year. The manager of Pequod's Pizza told the Chicago Sun-Times that "delivery drivers aren't exactly known for having vehicles with four-wheel drive."

Fittingly, all but one Sunday showing of Disney on Ice's "Frozen" show at the United Center went on despite the snowy conditions.

With 19.3" at O'Hare, this is the 5th largest snowstorm ever in Chicago, & it's still snowing! http://t.co/i9fgyizgra

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With 19.3" at O'Hare, this is the 5th largest snowstorm ever in Chicago, & it's still snowing! http://t.co/i9fgyizgra

8:07 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

By my balcony furniture looks amazing.

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Even more photos of even more snow from today. http://t.co/wKaPdXl1JQ

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Even more photos of even more snow from today. http://t.co/wKaPdXl1JQ

4:17 PM - 01 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Amazing how something so beautiful can be so bad. #snow2015 #chicagoland

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Amazing how something so beautiful can be so bad. #snow2015 #chicagoland

7:45 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Wonder what the animals do when @brookfield_zoo is closed for a snow day? http://t.co/Hky1Oqtaos #ChicagoBlizzard

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Wonder what the animals do when @brookfield_zoo is closed for a snow day? http://t.co/Hky1Oqtaos #ChicagoBlizzard

11:00 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

It has been snowing in Chicago for about 27 straight hours now

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It has been snowing in Chicago for about 27 straight hours now

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Some Chicagoans took pride in their ho-hum reaction to the storm, which left the city with about 10 more inches of snow than Central Park saw last week.

“New York gets a little snow and it’s national news, in Chicago it’s just like ‘meh'" http://t.co/ukI8OupJV3

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“New York gets a little snow and it’s national news, in Chicago it’s just like ‘meh'" http://t.co/ukI8OupJV3

10:38 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Hey New York, Chicago's getting a foot and a half of snow today and nobody shut down *our* trains.

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Hey New York, Chicago's getting a foot and a half of snow today and nobody shut down *our* trains.

8:36 AM - 01 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Hey New York, we found that #blizzard you were looking for #Chicago #chiberia #winter #snow

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Hey New York, we found that #blizzard you were looking for #Chicago #chiberia #winter #snow

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The snowstorm bumped the Super Bowl out of the main spot on local newspaper front pages.

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