Light snow covered much of the Chicago area this morning, causing dozens of spinouts on slick expressways, including one fatal accident on the Eisenhower and two more on I-80 in Will County.
While the snow made a mess of the morning commute, it also ensured that Chicago won’t break its record for the latest first snowfall of the season. That mark is Dec. 16, set in 1965.
By 6 a.m., a half inch of snow had fallen since midnight at O’Hare International Airport–the official Chicago reporting station, said National Weather Service meteorologist David Beachler.
Today now ties 1948 as the fifth-latest date for first measurable snow.
Every one of the years that didn’t see measurable snow before Dec. 5 resulted in below-average snowfall from December through February, according to the National Weather Service.
In the area, Crown Point, Ind., had the most snow at 1.5 inches. Bourbonnais and Kankakee had 1.2. Other totals included: nine-tenths of an inch at Peotone, eight-tenths at St. Charles, six-tenths at Naperville, a half-inch at North Aurora and Westmont, and four-tenths at Downers Grove and Joliet. (For a complete list of snowfall reports this morning, click here.)
By 10 a.m., radar showed the threat of any more snow appeared to be over.