CHICAGO (CBS) — A late season snowfall overnight in the Chicago area left many roads a mess during the morning commute, and dropping temperatures came close to setting a new record for cold.
Monday night’s snowfall dropped 1.4 inches at O’Hare International Airport, according to the National Weather Service, pushing the seasonal total to 82 inches, just shy of the 2nd most seasonal snowfall for Chicago – when 82.3 inches fell in the winter of 1977-78.
It would take a lot more snow through June to break the record of 89.7 inches, set in 1978-79. No more snow is expected in the next week, though in Chicago, it’s not unheard of to have snow as late as May. The latest snowfall recorded in the city was on May 11, 1966, when about a third of an inch fell in Chicago.