Chicago Gets First Measurable Snowfall In 287 Days


Ruler in the Snow

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Chicago has officially had its first measurable snowfall since March, the National Weather Service confirmed on Tuesday (December 28). The weather service noted that it’s been 287 days since Chicago’s last measurable snowfall, previously referring to a “historic snow drought.” Urging drivers to slow down on the snowy and icy roads, the National Weather Service wrote in a tweet:

“It's official! At 12:10 PM CST, Chicago O'hare picked up the first 0.1" of an inch of snow this season. 12/28/2021 now stands as the latest date for the first measurable snow in Chicago on record... 287 days after the last measurable snowfall on April 15, 2021. #ilwx

Minutes later, officials corrected that the last snowfall happened on March 15, 2021, rather than in April.

The winter weather prompted city officials to deploy snow resources to manage the snowfall on Tuesday, and the National Weather Service already warned of more winter weather on the way on Wednesday (December 29): “The area will see its first accumulating snow today. Another quick hitting disturbance will produce another period of wintry weather Wed night. Then, attention turns to the New Year's weekend when the area could see a winter storm move across the region. Stay tuned! #ilwx#inwx


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