Late March Snow Storm Hits Chicago Area: Arlington Heights 3 inches

Barrington Hills, Cary Area Hit with 6-8 inches

Arlington Heights Snowfall (Sunday 3-29-2009 at 6:30 am): 3 inches

Three inches of snow on the ground at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. The snow was forecast to start after midnight. It held off until after 3:00 a.m. with an occasional roll of thunder on a cold, rainy night. Then the late-March surprise began with rain changing to heavy, wet snow in gusty winds.

Sunday forecast (more at …
By the end of the day Sunday, Arlington Heights may get up to 5 inches of snow.
Snow is expected to end before 9am. High temperature is forecast at 39°F. Breezy, with a north northwest wind between 20 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Current Conditions …
Heavy, wet snow.
Air Temperature 33°F
Humidity: 92 %
Wind Speed: N 17 G 24 MPH
Barometer: 29.36″ (994.6 mb)
Dewpoint: 31 °F (-1 °C)
Wind Chill: 22 °F (-6 °C)
Visibility: 1.25 mi.

The weather radar image at 6:30 a.m. shows a good amount of coverage for most of northern Illinois., so forecast for snowfall continuing to at least 9 a.m. seems plausible.

When is the latest snowfall record in Chicago?
Latest snowfall (.2 inch) has been reported on May 11th, 1966. Some areas of the Chicago metro area reported 2 inches of snow from strong easterly winds. The latest official snowfall greater than one inch occurred May 1 and May 2, 1940 when 2.2 inches of total snowfall occurred.

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