Snow Turns to 70-Degree Weather in 48 Hours in Chicago, Breaking a Record

Snow Turns to 70-Degree Weather in 48 Hours in Chicago, Breaking a Record
Cars are covered by snow in parking lot at O'Hare International Airport on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Chicago. The first major winter storm of the year is bearing down on the Chicago region, bringing with it blizzard conditions of heavy snow and strong winds. Numerous Chicago-area attractions are closed, more than 1,100 flights have been canceled at Chicago's airports and snow-covered roads are making travel treacherous. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Jack Phillips

Earlier this week, snow fell in Chicago. But 48 hours later, temperatures rose to 70 degrees, effectively melting it all and giving residents quite a shock.

According to local station WGN on April 16, the strange weather broke a meteorological record. Since records started in the 19th century, “never before ... has a 3-plus inch snowfall been followed by 70-plus degree temps 48 hours later.”

However, in 1989, 5.6 inches of snow fell on October 19 and 20 before temperatures rose to 70 degrees on October 24, the report noted.

Decades earlier, in March 1916, 2.6 inches fell before temperatures rose to 72 degrees three days later.

According to AccuWeather, Chicago saw the most mid-April snow in more than 50 years earlier this week.

“Chicago’s O'Hare Airport was whitened by 5.3 inches of snow on Sunday. That made April 14 one of the top-two snowiest days this late in the season. The snowiest day in the city’s history from April 14 to early May is 5.4 inches of snow on April 16, 1961,” said the report.

The latest snowfall of the year in Chicago history occurred in June 1910.

“Temperatures are expected to climb back into the upper 40s and 50s Fahrenheit on Monday where it was snowing on Sunday,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said on the website.

In the snowstorm earlier this week, temperatures were in the 30s with a wind chill in the 20s, ABC7 noted.
Temperatures in Chicago are now forecast to reach highs in the 60s and 50s in the coming week.

Severe Weather

USA Today reported on April 16 that 100 million Americans are due to experience severe weather this week, including thunderstorms and tornadoes.
“We expect numerous thunderstorms to develop in the Plains, Midwest and South starting Wednesday, spreading eastward Thursday and Friday,” the Weather Channel said, according to the newspaper.

Cold Record Shattered

Earlier this year, a cold-weather record was broken when temperatures hit minus 23 degrees at O'Hare International Airport in January.
“Rockford broke the record for its all-time lowest temperature Thursday morning when it hit 30 degrees below zero (-34 Celsius),” NBC Chicago said on Jan. 31. “The National Weather Service says Thursday’s temperature at 6:45 a.m. beats the previous record low of minus 27 (-32 Celsius) recorded Jan. 10, 1982.”

It added that a cold record “was shattered in Chicago too as temperatures reached minus 23 degrees overnight at O'Hare International Airport. That broke the previous daily record of 15 degrees below zero, which was set on Jan. 31, 1966.”

The cold weather came amid the polar vortex that swept over the Central and Northeastern U.S. this year.

Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter with 15 years experience who started as a local New York City reporter. Having joined The Epoch Times' news team in 2009, Jack was born and raised near Modesto in California's Central Valley. Follow him on X:
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