It’s the Windy City’s biggest November snowfall in 40 years, and it led to major headaches for air travelers over the weekend.
Chicago, Illinois officially recorded 7.1″ of snowfall as of noon CST on Saturday, already making the combined Friday and Saturday snowstorm as the city’s fourth-biggest November snowstorm on record. Over 250 flights were cancelled at O’Hare as of Saturday morning due to the snow, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Denver Broncos’ team plane was forced to circle for nearly an hour waiting for the snow to clear in order to land.
That said, there is more than a small difference between Chicago’s official observations at O’Hare International Airport, located on the city’s northwest side, and downtown Chicago snow amounts. Check out the picture above- most central Chicago locations reported just a few wet inches of snow, most of which fell on Saturday afternoon. Chicago’s northern suburbs saw significantly more snow than downtown and the city’s southside, thanks to a narrow band of intense snowfall along a front that led to a sharp gradient in snow totals across America’s second-largest metropolitan area. Grayslake, Illinois, about 25 miles north of Chicago, recorded 17″ of snow, and many spots north and northwest of central Chicago saw over a foot of snow.
The winter-like chill will stay across the region for much of the upcoming few days, with temperatures stuck in the 30s in Chicago and the upper Midwest. A warm-up by mid-week will return temperatures into the 40s, only for temperatures to plummet back down by next weekend.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi
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