Official Snowfall Records for Chicago, Illinois

Businesses in Chicago, Illinois rely on accurate snowfall record-keeping to plan for the most extreme conditions during the winter. Snow plow removal companies, Municipalities, Universities and others that fight snow can plan for the worst with this data…

First Two Inches

The first recorded date on which the city received its first 2 inches of snowfall.

October

SPRINGFIELD ABRAHAM LINCOLN CA
10/23/1929
CHICAGO OHARE INTL AP
10/19/1989
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November

PEORIA INTL AP
11/1/1954
ROCKFORD GTR ROCKFORD AP
11/1/1954
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1, 2 & 3 Day Snow Accumulation Records

Greatest Amount of Snow in One Day:

18.6in. β€” The one-day record snowfall for Chicago, Illinois was recorded on January 2nd, 1999 as seen in the chart below.
Greatest Amount of Snow in One Day

Greatest Amount of Snow in Two Days:

20.6in. β€” The two-day cumulative snow record covered the period from January 2nd, 1999 toJanuary 3rd, 1999. aria-label=”Most snow in two days” role=”img”>
Greatest Amount of Snow in Two Days

Greatest Amount of Snow in Three Days:

21.6in. β€” The two-day cumulative snow record covered the period from January 3rd, 1999 toJanuary 5th, 1999.aria-label=”Most snow in three days” role=”img”>
Greatest Amount of Snow in Three Days

These snow records are reviewed yearly and updated as new data is recorded.

SPN enlisted the help of the leading winter-expert Meteorologists to collect snow records throughout the United States. SPN has assimilated snow record data from over 220 U.S. Cities including Chicago, Illinois. Snowfall records are reviewed and updated yearly.

Greatest Snowfall in One Season:

75 inches – The greatest cumulative snow fall for Chicago, Illinois. This occurred during the year that ended December 31st, 1978. This was surely a banner year for snowplow contractors!
Greatest Snowfall in One Season
United States snow records can be found by reviewing the snowfall records of over 200 cities.

Last Year’s Storms – 12 Months in 1 Minute

Source: Snow Plow News – Winter Weather News / Snow Research

 

Our memory of the past winter can sometimes be judged by a strong beginning to the winter, a long & cold winter season or a massive snowstorm that tested all snow removal equipment at the end of the season.

For snow and ice contractors, the winter is typically judged by how much money made it into the bank. For municipal workers, overtime.

This chart shows the nature of all the winter storms over the past season – in just 1 minute. Enjoy the show!

For additional snow and winter records research you can check out the SPN snow records page.

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