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Yes, It Snowed: A Roundup Of Nothing New In Chicago

By Lisa White in News on Mar 23, 2015 4:40PM

If you haven't looked out your window or gone on social media to see your feed flooded with people screaming about the weather in Chicago (shocking, right?), we have news for you: it snowed. A good amount, not just a few flakes here and there. Yes, it sucks. We're all tired of winter by now, even those of us who love the snow. But people, this is Chicago. Snow in late March is nothing new to us. We would have been more surprised if it didn't snow again this season. Yes, getting to work was awful this morning and things are bad but remember the silver lining here— it isn't the first week of January and it isn't -10 degrees. Let's take a look at some of the highlights of this hellish, snowy morning:

  • A winter weather advisory is in effect until noon, with the heaviest snow fall happening to the north and west of the city. Most folk will see anywhere from two to five inches of snow. As NBC5 points out, we could break the record for today, 4.5 inches, which was set in 1897 (see, it's been snowing in Chicago during late March for a LONG time).
  • The snow plows are out and you can track them in real time here. Currently the city says there are two inches at Midway and 2.5 inches at O'Hare.
  • As of 10:30 a.m. flight cancellations and delays were starting to add up at both airports. Sun-Times breaking news reporter LeeAnn Shelton tweeted that O'Hare had 250+ cancellations while Midway had 20+ and delays were ranging 90-120 minutes.
  • NBC5 also has a list of the accidents that happened this morning thanks to snowy and icy conditions on the road.
  • You think this is bad? Sun-Times points out that the latest measurable snowfall on record in Chicago happened on May 11 in 1966. And the latest with more than an inch of white stuff was May 4, 1907. Let that sink in. May, people. Let this be a lesson to never pack up your winter clothes until at least mid-June in Chicago.
  • But hey, look on the bright side. We'll be back into the 60s by Wednesday according to Skilling. Sure, we'll dip again and possibly see more snow on Friday, but by Sunday we'll be warming up again. So those who suffer from sinus issues, hold on to your hats and grab some headache medicine.

We think Frank Pedota, owner of Bari Italian Subs, put it best when he spoke to the Sun-Times earlier this morning:

Many four letter expletives were uttered across the land this morning but we agree with Frank, we weren't surprised one bit. Bundle up folks, there is a light at the end of the Chicago winter weather tunnel. We promise.