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252 days with no snowfall prior to Monday night

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Parts of northern Illinois saw their first snowfall of the season Monday evening. A trace of snow fell at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. This was two weeks behind the average first trace or greater of snowfall in Chicago, which is October 30th.

Not only was this a late start to our snow season, it was our first snowfall of any amount since March 4th. No snow has fallen since then across the Chicago area. That's a span of 252 days.

The 30 year average between last and first snowfall's of any amount across the Chicago area is 198 days.

Over the last 30 years, only one spring to autumn period without snowfall was longer than 2012, and that was back in 1999. A stretch of 254 days beginning March 25th and ending on December 5th.

To this day, that span of 254 days without a trace or more is the longest on record in Chicago.

There is no snowfall expected through the weekend for Chicago. So the first measurable snow of 0.1" or greater will likely not happen this week. The average first measurable snowfall in Chicago occurs on November 16th.

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