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More snow? Unlikely but possible

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 4:59 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:41 p.m. CST
(Sandy Bressner – sbressner@shawmedia.com)
A woman walks with her dogs through the snow at West Main Community Park near Batavia on Tuesday morning.

Odds are Kane County saw the season’s last 1-inch snowfall Monday, but a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said the region isn’t in the clear yet.

“It’s not out of the realm of possibility,” meteorologist Mike Bardou said.

Records dating to the early 1870s show there have been only 11 other calendar days on or after April 14 to have at least 1 inch of accumulating snow, he said.

Such an occurrence most recently happened three decades ago on April 16, 1983, Bardou said. He said the latest day that at least an inch of snow fell in Chicago was May 3, 1907.

On Monday, Chicago officially observed 1.4 inches of snow, bringing the seasonal total to 82 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Communities in Kane County saw slightly more flakes, as trained spotters measured 1.5 inches in Batavia and 1.7 inches in Elburn, the weather service reported.

The mid-April snowfall happened on the same day that also recorded a high temperature over 60 degrees, Bardou said, noting 63 degrees was recorded around midnight.

“Never in the period of record for Chicago had there been a day with a high temperature over 60 degrees that also had at least one half-inch of snow,” the National Weather Service states on its website.

While there is potential for a little snow mixed in with precipitation this weekend, the weather should be more springlike in the immediate future, Bardou said.

“Over the next week or so, we’re not really looking for any accumulating snow,” he said.

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