After starting 2012 with temperatures 10 degrees above normal, winter has finally arrived in the Chicago area.
The first appreciable snowfall of the season snarled travel Thursday and Thursday night across the Midwest as a storm system intensified and slowly chugged eastward.
Snowfall totals ranged from 4 to 7 inches across northern and central Illinois with 4.7 inches at Chicago's O'Hare Airport as of early Friday morning. This was the first time an event produced more than 2 inches of snow this season.
This is abnormally late for Chicago which receives its first 2-inch snowfall on Dec. 16. However, the current winter's snow drought does not come close to comparing to 1930-1931 when Chicago received its first 2-inch event on March 7.
Elsewhere across the Midwest, 2.5 inches fell in St. Louis, Mich., with a general 1-3 inches across the remainder of the state.
The jackpot so far has been in far northern Wisconsin, just south of Lake Superior. A trained storm spotter in Gile, Wis., reported 29 inches of fresh powder through 2 a.m. Friday!
We will provide more snow totals and wind reports here at AccuWeather.com throughout the day.
Snow will linger across parts of the northern Plains to the Upper Midwest as December begins.
A train of storms will slam into the Northwest United States well into next week and perhaps through much of December.
Downpours will continue the threat for flooding across parts of southern India this week.
Following several days of dry weather, a weak area frontal boundary will bring rainfall to northern France Thursday night into Friday.
Tens of thousands will gather in rainy and mild conditions at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, for the 83rd annual Christmas tree lighting.
As the Northern Hemisphere plunges into winter, the night sky will come to life with several notable astronomical events throughout the season.
Ohio, Ontario (1996)
A line of severe thunder storms moved across the state. In Cleveland, OH there was a 60 mph wind gust. An 18-foot tractor trailer was blown over on I-77 in Richfield, OH. In Guelph, ON a wind gust lifted the roof of a gym, where a church group was playing basketball. Residents of one neighborhood saw a car spinning on its grill like a top.
Erie Canal (1831)
Coldest December ever closed Erie Canal.
Snow fell for 5 minutes in South Florida in the Ft. Myers area.