Updated 04/15/2014 – 7:22 a.m.
CHICAGO (STMW) — A mid-April snowfall that drew a collective sigh from Chicagoans late Monday afternoon was the precursor to some potentially record-breaking cold temperatures on Tuesday morning.
The snow that started Monday evening dropped a total 1.4 inches until 1 a.m. Tuesday at O’Hare International Airport, bringing the year’s snow total to 82 inches, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Friedlein.
April accumulation is nothing new in Chicago; more than half an inch fell on April 18, 2011. But Tuesday’s low temperature could plummet below 25 degrees, which would beat the record low for April 15, set in 1943, according to the weather service.
The temperature was 26 degrees at O’Hare International Airport about 7 a.m., Friedlein said.