What’s the Latest First Snowfall in Fall in Chicago? Did Snowfall Ever Wait Until Winter?

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Weather Record: The latest first snowfall (.3 inch) to occur in a Fall season was reported on December 16th, 1965. Flurries had fallen on November 18, 1965. Can we break the record?

To beat the snow record, it can’t snow in Chicago
until after December 16th.

Did snowfall ever wait until winter in Chicago? No, the first snowfall would have to be after the Winter Solstice, which is about December 21st.

Regarding the earliest first snowfall: Trace snowfall was reported on September 25, 1928 and September 25, 1942. Earliest measurable snowfall is 0.3 inches officially measured at O’Hare on October 12, 2006. The previous record was 0.2 inches October 18, 1972. Another 0.6 inches of snow fell on October 19, 1972. First snowfall greater than one inch in one day was 3.8 inches on October 19, 1989. A three-day total including and following this date totalled 6.3 inches.

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