First snow of the season breaks 52-year-old record in Chicago


The first snow of the season blanketed Chicago on December 4, 2016, breaking a 52-year-old daily record for the region.

The snowfall began in the morning hours and started moving eastward through the rest of the day. The Winter Weather Advisory was in effect from 07:00 to 18:00 (local time).

On the evening of December 4 (local time), O'Hare Airport recorded 16.3 cm (6.4 inches) of snowfall, an amount which broke a previous daily record of 11.7 cm (4.6 inches) set in 1964, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported.

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Other regions reported abundant snowfall, as well. In the Cook County, 19 cm (7.5 inches) was observed in Schaumburg, 16.3 cm (6.4 inches) in Alsip, and 15.5 cm (6.1 inches) in Homewood.

At the same time, 17.5 cm (6.9 inches) was recorded in Buffalo Grove and 16 cm (6.3 inches) in Riverwoods, in the Lake County while 18.3 cm (7.2 inches) was reported in Batavia, 17.8 cm (7 inches) in North Aurora, and 16.5 cm (6.5 inches) in Geneva, in the Kane County.

21.6 cm (8.5 inches) was reported in DeKalb, 20.6 cm (8.1 inches) was observed in Romeoville and 20.3 cm (8 inches) in Crest Hill, Will County while other areas reported between about 7.6 cm (3 inches) and 17.8 cm (7 inches) of snowfall.

According to the forecasters, the temperatures will climb to about 4.4 °C (40 °F) on December 5 while the morning of December 6 may bring another round of snowfall, possibly mixed with showers to the region. Another light snow storm may affect Chicago region again on December 7 or 8, followed by a drop in temperatures, as the cold arctic air begins to set in.

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