Chicago gets 2nd heaviest calendar day snow for so late in season

Written by on April 15, 2019 in United States of America with 0 Comments

A rare late season snowstorm swept across Northern Illinois yesterday dumping an impressive 5.3 inches of snow at O’Hare Airport. The Palm Sunday snow event shall go into the history books as 2nd biggest snowfall this late in the year, falling marginally behind a 5.4 inch snowfall on April 16, 1961.

Credit: Tom Skilling

The snow swath and it’s sharp cutoff seen from an airplane.

From space!

Fast Facts from NWS Chicago

  • The official snowfall for Chicago was 5.3″ observed at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. This is the second highest snowfall ever recorded this late in the season in Chicago. Only April 16th, 1961 had more snow with 5.4″.
  • The official snowfall for┬áRockford was 2.9″ observed at Chicago Rockford International Airport. This was the 5th highest snowfall ever recorded this late in the season in Rockford.
  • Other snowfall amounts include 2.5″ at the NWS Chicago in Romeoville and 4.3″ observed 3 miles southwest of Chicago Midway International Airport.



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