Breaking News Bar
updated: 1/25/2013 9:19 PM

Why an inch of snow still set a record

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Mike Stalka of Amaya out of Aurora clears snow at the Foundry Business Park in St. Charles after a minimal snowfall early Friday morning.

       Mike Stalka of Amaya out of Aurora clears snow at the Foundry Business Park in St. Charles after a minimal snowfall early Friday morning.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington Public Works workers Ian Hooderhyde, left, and Kenneth Kellner were busy Friday salting the roads after an early morning snow.

       Barrington Public Works workers Ian Hooderhyde, left, and Kenneth Kellner were busy Friday salting the roads after an early morning snow.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Judi Cellini walks along Cook Street in Barrington with her dog, Lily, despite the early morning snow. She walks a mile every morning while getting a cup of coffee.

       Judi Cellini walks along Cook Street in Barrington with her dog, Lily, despite the early morning snow. She walks a mile every morning while getting a cup of coffee.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • School bus driver Clint Curtis brushes off his car after finishing his morning run Friday in Barrington.

       School bus driver Clint Curtis brushes off his car after finishing his morning run Friday in Barrington.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
Associated Press

Chicago didn't get much snow Friday, but it was record-breaking nonetheless.

The 1.1 inches that settled on Windy City streets and sidewalks marked the latest first seasonal snowfall of at least an inch in the Midwest metropolis since at least 1884, when records were first kept, National Weather Service forecaster Matt Friedlein said. The previous record was set on Jan. 17, 1899.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Friday also broke Chicago's longest streak of consecutive days without an inch of snow. The city went 335 days, or about 11 months, without at least an inch, Friedlein said.

For some people, Friday's snow was significant for another reason: They finally got to work.

"This is the first time we've had a blade down this year," said Clara Mark, a dispatcher at Chicago Snow Removal Services, which plows parking lots at condominium complexes, strip malls and factories.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here