Say It Ain't Snow

Not an accumulating event, meteorologists say

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Winds are south over Lake Michigan, bringing the possibility for a snow flurry or two, but things warm up Friday.

    Buried in Thursday's forecast is a dirty, dirty word to many Chicagoans.  

    Snow.

    It can't be that time already, right? It's not even Thanksgiving, you say. Well, here's the facts.

      Thursday night: Breezy and colder with partly cloudy skies here; cloudy with lake effect rain showers and snow showers overnight in NW Indiana.  Lows from the mid to upper 20s inland, but gradually moderate to the upper 30s in the city.

    Sure the white stuff is predicted for Northwest Indiana. But that's hitting close to home.

    Measurable snow typically doesn't arrive in Chicago until mid-November.  The earliest snowfall on record, albeit just a trace, was September 25, 1942, according to the National Weather Service.  The earliest measurable snowfall, meaning at least one-tenth of an inch, was recorded October 18, 1989.

    The snowiest November was in 1940, when 14.8 inches of the white stuff came down.  There was no snow in November of 1999 and November of 2001.

    Thankfully it's only a taste of what's to come because temperatures warm up through the rest of the week, and Chicago could see mid to upper 50s by Sunday.