First measurable snowfall of the season sets Chicago record

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CHICAGO — The first significant snowfall of the 2016-17 snow season began falling across the Chicago Metro area this morning and quickly became moderate to heavy, and as temperatures hovered near the freezing mark, the snow began to accumulate on roads and pavements, especially those untreated with snow-melting chemicals.

As snow moved out of the Chicago area around 6 p.m., Sunday’s total snowfall at O’Hare totaled 6.1 inches. That’s the city’s largest first measurable (one-day) snowfall total on record dating back to the winter of 1884-85.

New record: December 4, 2016 6.1 inches and counting

Previous records

4.8 inches November 15, 1940

4.4 inches November 3, 1951

4.3 inches November 24, 2004

4.2 inches November 20, 2015

Here are the latest totals into the WGN Chicago Weather Center

O’Hare 6.1 inches (official)

Midway Airport 5.3 inches

Joliet 7.5 inches

Arlington Heights 7.0 inches

Woodstock 6.3 inches

Carpentersville 7.0 inches

Highwood 5.2 inches

Marengo 5.0 inches

Cicero 5.5 inches

Union 4.8 inches

Loves Park 4.4 inches

Addison 6.0 inches

Lincoln Hills IN 3.0 inches

Davenport, IA 10.2 inches

Moline 7.8 inches

Fulton IL 6.9 inches

Rock Falls, IL 7.0 inches

Madison, WI 4.3 inches

Mount Horeb WI 5.0 inches

Middleton, WI 4.8 inches

Benton Harbor MI 3.5 inches

St. Joseph MI 3.5 inches

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