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Cold Front Dropping South Across the Western U.S.; Watching Threat for Tornadoes and Flooding in the South

A cold front will push south across the Western U.S. into Tuesday with mountain snow and areas of gusty to high winds. An area of low pressure will form along this front on Tuesday and bring a potential for severe thunderstorms with tornadoes and excessive rainfall in the lower to mid Mississippi River Valley. To the north, heavy snow is possible in parts of the upper Midwest. Read More >

Earliest Measurable Snowfall in Chicago and DeKalb’s History

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL
1030 AM CDT THU OCT 12 2006

...EARLY SNOWFALL HISTORY IN ROCKFORD AND CHICAGO AND DEKALB...

0.3 INCHES OF SNOW HAS FALLEN AT CHICAGO OHARE THIS 
MORNING...BREAKING THE RECORD OF THE EARLIEST MEASURABLE SNOWFALL IN 
CHICAGOS HISTORY DATING BACK TO 1871.  THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 
OCTOBER 18TH IN 1972 AND 1989 WHEN 0.2 AND 0.7 INCHES FELL.  

ALSO...0.5 INCHES OF SNOW FELL IN DEKALB WHICH...DATING BACK TO 
1895...IS THE RECORD FOR THE EARLIEST MEASURABLE SNOWFALL IN ITS 
HISTORY.

TODAY IS THE RECORD FOR THE EARLIEST MEASURABLE SNOWFALL FOR 
ROCKFORD AND SO FAR HAS ONLY RECORDED A TRACE SO FAR TODAY AT THE 
AIRPORT.  IF ANY ACCUMULATIONS OCCUR...IT WILL TIE THE RECORD FOR 
EARLIEST MEASURABLE SNOW ACCUMULATION.

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