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.
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