First snowflakes of the season arrive in Chicago area


Snowing and sticking to ground in Franklin Grove, IL. Photo courtesy of Kay M. Chapman

The first snowflakes of the season are arriving little earlier than usual in the Chicago area.

The typical date for the season’s first snowflakes is just before Halloween on October 30, but with cold air in place and a weak clipper system moving through the area, snow that has been falling ¬†in eastern Iowa and northwest and north central Illinois Tuesday morning is now moving into the Chicago Metro area.

Snow has been reported at Midway Airport. Weather observer Frank Wachowski reported that snow began at Midway Airport at 12:20 p.m. and continued until 12:40 p.m. when it changed to rain. Shortly after 1 p.m., the rain was mixing with and transitioning back to snow as the atmosphere cools.

Through noon, snow has been reported at  Aurora and West Chicago with snow also falling at Rockford, Freeport, Rochelle and DeKalb, west to Dubuque and the Quad Cities.

But this snow will not amount to much. With pavement temperatures still warm, the snow is melting on contact with roads and sidewalks, but in areas where it is falling at a heavier rate, the snow is accumulating on grassy areas and colder and elevated surfaces.

-Weather story by Steve Kahn, Chicago Weather Center blogger

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5 Comments to “First snowflakes of the season arrive in Chicago area”

    Will said:
    October 22, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Remember when halloween rolled around and you didn't have to wear a jacket over your costume, Must be global warming.

      meme said:
      October 22, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      Just thinking the same thing. Now the kids must as well not even wear a costume, as it will be covered up by a winter coat!

    mbarney said:
    October 22, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Good, its about time. I am sick of this hot summer weather anyway.

    note said:
    October 22, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    I thought we had global warming?

    Hal said:
    October 22, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Global warming is a fake scam in order to create fake taxes and fees, such as a carbon tax.

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