It took longer than ever, but the white stuff finally made its way to Chicago, with the city finally seeing its first snowfall of the season just before the calendar turns to 2022.
The National Weather Service on Tuesday said that as of 12:10 p.m., one-tenth of an inch of snow had been recorded at O’Hare Airport — Chicago’s official weather site — making the first measurable snowfall in 287 days. That means Dec. 28 now stands as Chicago’s latest date for the first measurable snow.
One minor correction - the last snowfall was March 15, 2021. https://t.co/ezh1aHujhk
— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) December 28, 2021
While Chicago set one winter record Tuesday, it narrowly missed out on another. Per the weather service, Chicago’s last snowfall came on March 15, 2021, putting the city just shy of matching its no-snow record of 290 days set back in 2012.
Typically, the official gauge at Chicago O’Hare notches its first snow by Nov. 18.
The snowfall is expected to continue into the afternoon Tuesday, with the heaviest periods lasting until 3 p.m., according to the weather service.
Patty Wetli contributed to this report.