Chicago logs its first measurable snow of the season 5 weeks earlier than a year ago

 

 

Monday brought Chicago its first official measurable snow of the 2013-14 season. Totals hit 0.4” at O’Hare and 0.3” at Midway.  Even heavier amounts occurred north toward McHenry and Bull Valley where 1.9” was reported.

 

O’Hare’s 0.4” was an amount nearly as big as ALL of the November snowfalls combined since 2008. It  marked was the city’s heaviest official early season snow since 2006 when 0.3” came down.

 

Contributing to the sense that Monday’s snow was early was the fact that measurable snow waited until Dec. 20 to occur only a year ago. That was the latest area residents have had to wait for the first official snow since an archive of official snow measurements began in the 1884-85 snow season

 

The 0.4” Monday accumulation at O’Hare made it the snowiest Veteran’s Day of any over the past 18 years.

 

 

Tuesday’s predicted 34-degree high more typical of late December than November

 

Temperature plummeted 18-degrees in less than 10 hours Monday, falling from the day’s high of 47 at 10 am to 28-degrees at 8 pm.

 

The 34-degree peak reading predicted Tuesday will make this the chilliest early season cold air outbreak to reach Chicago since 1996. The reading equals the normal high in mid-December.