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January 8, 2015: Snow, Blowing Snow, & Cold


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An Alberta Clipper type system tracked north of the Canadian border on Thursday. An upper disturbance out ahead of an Arctic front trailing from the low pressure area resulted in accumulating snow spreading across the area from late Thursday morning through the early afternoon. Periods of snow continued into the mid evening as the Arctic front approached and crossed the area before diminishing to scattered overnight snow showers and flurries. The strong pressure gradient between the low pressure to the north, high pressure over the Southeast US and expansive Arctic high pressure spreading into the northern High Plains resulted in strong gusty south-southwest winds shifting to the west-northwest behind the Arctic front. The newly fallen snow and gusty winds caused areas of blowing and widespread drifting snow and very hazardous travel conditions, with near zero visibility at times in open areas. 



 Fast Facts

  • Chicago saw 3.0" of snow at O'Hare, which brought the monthly total to 7.6" and the seasonal total (since 7/1) to 10.5". After tying for the least snowiest December on record, Chicago is only about 2" below normal to date snowfall on the season.
  • Rockford saw 1.5" of snow, which brought the monthly total to 7.1" and the seasonal total (since 7/1) to 10.8". After the 5th least snowiest December on record, Rockford has climbed back to about 5" below normal to date snowfall on the season.
  • NWS Chicago saw 2.5" of snow and the Midway Airport 3SW Cooperative observer saw 2.0" of snow.

 Snowfall Map (through 7am January 9th)


Local Snowfall Map (click to enlarge)

Local Snow Map of January 8 Snow and Blowing Snow Event

 Snowfall Amounts, Highest Wind Gusts, & Other Numbers


Chicago O'Hare




Chicago Midway 3SW


Romeoville (NWS Office)



PDF of the Above Listings & Morning Minimum Temperatures


Other Stories