O'Hare Records First Snow of Season

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

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    Showers will end tonight but clouds will remain. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011)

    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.