O'Hare Records First Snow of Season

Average date for the first snowfall is Oct. 30, with Sept 25 being the earliest

Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011  |  Updated 5:55 PM CDT
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Showers will end tonight but clouds will remain.

Showers will end tonight but clouds will remain.

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It's happened.

The first snowfall of the season was recorded Wednesday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

For about 25 minutes, beginning shortly before 2 p.m., flurries were seen flying at the northwest side airport, said National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Nelson.

There was no accumulation, and Nelson said the snow was not a big surprise.

Actually, the date is a bit late when compared to the Chicago average. The average date for the first snowfall is Oct. 30, with Sept 25 being the earliest.

The latest ever first snowfall -- an inch or more -- happened on Jan. 17, 1899, Nelson said.

Track the snow on our Interactive Radar.

There still might be a couple more snowflakes Wednesday evening as another quick system moves out of the region tomorrow. There’s a 30 percent chance of a mixture of rain and a snow shower, but still no accumulation.

The weekend looks milder with partial sun and highs in the low to mid-50s. A few showers are likely on Sunday.
 

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