Saturday's snowfall totals at O'Hare set a record

  • Runners are ready to start the girls 1,600-meter run during an April snowstorm at the Palatine Relays track meet in Palatine Saturday

      Runners are ready to start the girls 1,600-meter run during an April snowstorm at the Palatine Relays track meet in Palatine Saturday Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • A goose leaves footprints in the snow in Elmhurst Saturday morning.

      A goose leaves footprints in the snow in Elmhurst Saturday morning. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • People take cover under umbrellas in Arlington Heights as a winter storm hit the area Saturday.

      People take cover under umbrellas in Arlington Heights as a winter storm hit the area Saturday. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • A man helps a woman with a walker as snow starts to fall in Elmhurst Saturday morning.

      A man helps a woman with a walker as snow starts to fall in Elmhurst Saturday morning. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Say it isn't snow. April showers turns to snow Saturday. An unidentified man dodges snow flakes as he makes his way inside an Elgin home.

      Say it isn't snow. April showers turns to snow Saturday. An unidentified man dodges snow flakes as he makes his way inside an Elgin home. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Cars head down Buffalo Grove Road in Arlington Heights as a winter storm hit the area Saturday.

      Cars head down Buffalo Grove Road in Arlington Heights as a winter storm hit the area Saturday. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Say it isn't snow. April showers turns to snow Saturday. A car seems to be blanket with snow flakes as it travels North on Edison Ave in Elgin.

      Say it isn't snow. April showers turns to snow Saturday. A car seems to be blanket with snow flakes as it travels North on Edison Ave in Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • People brave a winter storm during the Arlington Heights Bicycle Club's annual bike swap at Centennial Park Saturday.

      People brave a winter storm during the Arlington Heights Bicycle Club's annual bike swap at Centennial Park Saturday. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Heavy snow clumps make travel wet on Route 59 in West Chicago Saturday.

      Heavy snow clumps make travel wet on Route 59 in West Chicago Saturday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Brian Hill/bhill@dailyherald.comSnow hangs on a flowering tree in Wing Park in Elgin as April showers turn to snow Saturday.

    Brian Hill/bhill@dailyherald.comSnow hangs on a flowering tree in Wing Park in Elgin as April showers turn to snow Saturday.

  • Lisa St. Clair of Mundelein cheers for the Mundelein Mustangs during an April snowstorm at the Palatine Relays track meet in Palatine Saturday

      Lisa St. Clair of Mundelein cheers for the Mundelein Mustangs during an April snowstorm at the Palatine Relays track meet in Palatine Saturday Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Palatine's Anne Marie Jordan, left, and Ellie Roy, who finished second and first, respectively, in the 1,600-meter run, stay warm under a blanket at the conclusion of the race, which was held in an April snowstorm at the Palatine Relays track meet in Palatine Saturday

      Palatine's Anne Marie Jordan, left, and Ellie Roy, who finished second and first, respectively, in the 1,600-meter run, stay warm under a blanket at the conclusion of the race, which was held in an April snowstorm at the Palatine Relays track meet in Palatine Saturday Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • EG Hessenthaler of Lake Zurich doesn't let Saturday's snow deter him from wearing shorts as he and his daughter Piper, 6, help clean up Paulus Park during the Lake Zurich Arbor Day event.

      EG Hessenthaler of Lake Zurich doesn't let Saturday's snow deter him from wearing shorts as he and his daughter Piper, 6, help clean up Paulus Park during the Lake Zurich Arbor Day event. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • A confused robin darts through snow flakes in Elgin as April showers turn to snow Saturday.

      A confused robin darts through snow flakes in Elgin as April showers turn to snow Saturday. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 4/27/2019 9:03 PM

Flights were canceled and events postponed Saturday because of a spring snowfall that dropped up to four inches of snow in parts of the suburbs -- and the 1.9 inches that fell at O'Hare International Airport set a record: It's the greatest single-day total this late in the season since records started being kept in 1884.

A winter storm advisory is in effect until 11 p.m. for counties including Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage and Cook. The National Weather Service says there will be a light to moderate amount of "occasionally heavy, wet snow."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Officials say accumulations of 1 inch or less were expected across portions of southern Cook County. But the northern portion of Cook was expected to see accumulations of 3 to 6 inches by Saturday night, with the highest amounts expected in the county's northwest corner.

It's a similar scenario in DuPage and Kane counties. While the southern parts of those counties weren't expected to see much snow, it was anticipated that the northern areas could see accumulations of 3 to 6 inches.

The highest snowfalls were expected in McHenry and Lake counties, which had the potential to get 4 to 6 inches of snow.

Meanwhile, brief periods of ice pellets are possible throughout the region. Winds could gust as high as 30 to 35 miles per hour, hampering visibility and interfering with travel.

As of 8 p.m., 597 flights had been canceled at O'Hare International Airport and 135 had been canceled at Chicago Midway International Airport, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. Delays were running about 15 minutes.

Tonight's White Sox game with the Detroit Tigers was postponed; it will be played as part of a split doubleheader starting at 1:10 p.m. July 3. The Kane County Cougars game was moved to Sunday.

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