CHICAGO (CBS) — Don’t kill the messenger. Winter is more than two months away, but some parts of northern Illinois could get their first taste of snow Friday night.

WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports there is a chance of light snow as a cold front moves through Rockford and parts along the Illinois-Wisconsin state line.

Chicago itself likely won’t get cold enough to see any snow, but the city has had snow as early as September, so snow on Oct. 3 is not that crazy.

“There has been snow, even in Chicago, as early as late September. This happened in 1942 and 1948; just a trace of snow. The earliest accumulation was the middle of October. It also snowed in Baltimore and caused a delay in a World Series,” AccuWeather meteorologist Elliot Abrams said.

That doesn’t mean the Chicago area is in for a tough, rugged winter; the statistics don’t show that.

“I checked up some record low temperatures for Decembers and Januaries when we had early snow, and record lows don’t really show up prominently, so it may mean nothing other than the fact that we see a few flakes,”

However, the chance of snow flurries and temperatures in the 30s does come as a nasty reminder of what part of the country we live in.