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Photos: Unusual spring storm blankets Chicago in snow, more than 700 flights canceled

By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
April 29, 2019, 2:31:24 AM EDT

With the calendar nearing May, north-central United States residents witnessed an unusual sight as more than 2 inches of snow fell in Chicago for the first time in more than a century.

Chicago O'Hare International Airport picked up 2.5 inches of snow on Saturday, which shattered the record for the date of 0.2 of an inch set in 1950.

"The last time 2 inches of snow fell this late was back in 1910, so it is very uncommon for this late in the year," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alan Reppert said.

The latest date on record for any measurable snow is May 11, 1966, but snowflakes have been seen as late as May 22 in 1917.

Chicago stats April 27 new

A narrow swath of 3-6 inches of snow fell across northeast Iowa, northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin on Saturday.

"With it being April, we can still see some snowfall in the city, but most of the snow for April falls early in the month," Reppert said.

In order for snow to accumulate in late April outside of high-elevation areas, it must come down at a fast pace.

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Snow fell over southwestern Minnesota on US 75 by the borders of South Dakota and Iowa the morning of April 27, 2019.


Snow in Chicago piling up on a residents windshield.


Snowfall greeted early risers on the morning of April 27, 2019 in Madison, South Dakota.

Iowa DOT webcam

Snow began accumulating near Estherville, Iowa around 9 in the morning on April 27, 2019.


Snowflakes sprinkled over Woodstock, Illinois just past noon in a late April snowfall.

Michael Wyland

A light dusting of snow greeted residents of Sioux Falls, South Dakota in the early hours of April 27, 2019.


Snow fell in late April of 2019 over Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


Snow begins to gather in Woodstock, Illinois in late April.

The snow in Chicago led to more than 700 canceled flights at the city's O'Hare International and Midway International airports on Saturday, according to FlightAware.

snow satellite April 28

Late-spring snow (circled) is shown across the Midwest via GOES-16 Visible Satellite on the morning of April 28, 2019. (NOAA/SSEC)

The baseball game scheduled for Saturday between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers was postponed due to inclement weather.

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