Chicago Gets Third Earliest Snow on Record

Chicago Gets Third Earliest Snow on Record

On Saturday, October 4, unseasonably cold weather brought Chicago the third earliest snow flurries on record.

The two earlier snow flurries in records compiled starting in 1881 occurred during the last week of September, the first in 1928 and the second in 1944.

The city of Rockford, 90 miles north west of Chicago and the state of Illinois’ third largest city, recorded its second earliest snow fall, just missing the 1951 record of October 3.

The chill that brought Chicago’s early snowfall was the coldest weekend in six months and hit temperatures that were some 20 degrees colder than the normal and 30 degrees colder than the previous weekend.

Sunday’s temperatures warmed to 57 degrees, closer to average temperatures.

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