ASK TOM WHY: How many Halloweens has the Chicago area received snowfall?

Dear Tom,

 

How many Halloweens has the Chicago area received snowfall?

 

— William J. Ooms Jr., Alsip

 

Dear William,

 

Halloween snow is extremely rare in Chicago, having occurred in only eight years since 1871, most recently in 1993. All of the occurrences were quite light, generally traces, a result of a chilly rain mixed with snow or just some passing flurries.

 

In 1994, Halloween brought just awful weather, with 2.26 inches of wind-driven rain soaking the city. Though it never snowed in Chicago, some western suburbs experienced a changeover to snow that coated grassy areas just before midnight.

 

Some readers have told us they remember trick-or-treating in snow in 1954, but that year Halloween fell on a Sunday and many areas delayed festivities until Nov. 1, when about an inch of snow fell.

One thought on “ASK TOM WHY: How many Halloweens has the Chicago area received snowfall?

  1. I don’t know what I’m doing I hope you see this message Tom..I love WGN been watching you all every since I moved in my 1st apartment. I love all of you..I’m loyal to channel 9 I want watch anymore news channels ..we have debates on who as the best n most accurate weather N I always win…Channel 9 keep up the great work..? Tom I love White Xmas…please tell me were gone to have a beautiful white Xmas…N when if we will have our first snow fall. I have 6 KIDS N WE R DEFINITELY LOOKING FORWARD TO A WHITE WINTER :) THANKS FOR YOUR TIME XOXOOXO

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