Late spring snow in Chicago, nears 112-year old record, 800+ flights cancelled over weekend

 Monday, April 29, 2019 


Chicago once again witnesses accumulating amounts of snow late in the spring season after the year 1989. The late-season snowfall brought as much as 6 inches of snow in parts of northern Illinois and about 2.5 inches in Chicago. This late spring snow record comes close to 112-year old record of 3.1 inches of snowfall on May 3, 1907.




O’Hare International Airport, received 2.5 inches of snow on Saturday. The official site at the Rockford airport reported 3.7 inches of snow. On Sunday, Chicago’s O’Hare Airport was blanketed by 5.3 inches of snow.




More than 700 cancelled flights at the city’s O’Hare International and Midway International airports on Saturday, according to FlightAware. More than 100 flights have been cancelled Sunday.




St. Charles in Kane County had the most recorded snowfall in the region, with 6 inches, according to data released by the National Weather Service. Another weather spotter at a different location in the same town recorded 5 inches, demonstrating just how much the intensity of the storm varied based on location.




Other snowfall totals, (submitted by volunteer weather spotters) showed a wide range throughout the region. They included: 5.1 inches in Roscoe (Winnebago); 5 inches in Wheaton (DuPage); 4.9 inches in Hoffman Estates (Cook); 4.5 inches in Elgin (Kane) and Lake Zurich (Lake); 4.1 in Genoa (DeKalb); 4 inches in Schaumburg (Cook) and Algonquin (McHenry); 3 inches in Elburn (Kane); 2 inches in Oak Park (Cook); 1.5 inches in Naperville (DuPage) and North Aurora (Kane); and 1 inch in Oak Lawn (Cook) and Dixon (Lee).




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