Chicago Sets Snowfall Record Thanks to Early Wintry Blast

O'Hare Airport reported 1.2 inches of snow on Wednesday

While wintry weather is threatening to make Halloween a ghastly affair for Chicago area residents, the city has already made a new entry in the history books.

According to the National Weather Service, O’Hare International Airport has reported that at least 1.2 inches of snow has fallen since midnight Wednesday. That snowfall, part of the first snow of the season, may not seem like a lot, but it’s actually a record-breaker.

The weather service says that the snowfall total for Oct. 30 is now the highest in Chicago’s history, eclipsing the 0.7 inches that fell on Oct. 30, 1923.

Even though the record for the date has already been broken, that doesn’t mean that Chicagoans are out of the snow-covered woods yet. Forecast models say that more snow is expected to fall on Halloween, with current models predicting another inch or so of the white stuff in the city on Thursday.

Areas south of Chicago could see between two and four inches of snow, while areas in central Illinois could approach six inches of snow, according to some estimates.

As a result, a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for most of northern and central Illinois, including McHenry, DeKalb, Kane, DuPage, Cook, LaSalle, Kendall, and Grundy counties until Thursday evening.

Both morning and evening commutes could be impacted by wintry weather, with rain possible in some locations and snow expected through much of the area.

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