Winter 2008-09 shaping up to be one of worst —

Still digging out from the weekend storm that brought up to a foot of snow to the city, the Chicago area is bracing for three more shots of snow along with one of the coldest arctic blasts in more than a decade.

Winter 2008-09 to date is already one of the snowiest on record, and that lofty total should climb substantially by the end of the week. Chicago is poised to eclipse the 38-inch total that normally falls during an entire snow season as early as Monday night.