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67% of years here have seen measurable snow beyond March 26; Chicagoans shivering through coldest March 27th in 81 years

by Tom Skilling Today at 1AM

Measurable snow’s no stranger to the Chicago area, even at this late date. Over history, archived weather observations here reveal snows of 0.1″ or more have fallen in the vast majority of years since the city’s official snow record began in the 1884-85 season 75% of the time!

Northerly winds, traveling the length of the lake,  could initiate snowfall in parts of the metro area as early as 3am.pic4 pic10pic12pic13 pic16

Tom Skilling

Tom Skilling

Tom Skilling, WGN-TV chief meteorologist, appears weekdays on WGN Midday News, WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine. He celebrated his 30th anniversary with WGN-TV in August 2008. Since 1997, Skilling has masterminded the weather page in the Chicago Tribune. In the city of Chicago and beyond, he has become the superman of meteorology: when in doubt, it is Tom that the city turns to when figuring out the mysteries of nature. WGN-TV received the 2005 Environmental Reporting Award from the Audubon Society, an accomplishment that is due to Tom's performance.

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