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Chicago Could See Its 1st Snowfall Of The Season Friday

Don't break out the plow just yet, though: There will just be a dusting of flakes.

A snowman sits in Washington Square Park on Chicago's Near North Side on Feb. 3, 2021.
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CHICAGO — The city could get its first snow of the season on Friday — with more possible this weekend.

Don’t break out the plow just yet, though: There will just be a dusting of flakes.

Friday has a chance for rain and show showers after 7 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. It’ll be a cloudy, chilly day with a high temperature of 42 degrees. It will also be breezy, with wind gusts up to 35 mph possible.

The chance for snow will continue during the day, and there’s a chance for snow showers 9 p.m. Friday-1 a.m. Saturday. Friday night will stay mostly cloudy.

Friday night is when there’s the best chance for snow to actually fall, said Brett Borchardt, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

“This is the best chance for our first snow of the year in Chicago,” Borchardt said. “Thankfully, amounts don’t look that heavy. We’re pretty confident that there’s gonna be at least some snowflakes flying through the air.

“It doesn’t look like a big snowstorm.”

Saturday will see more sun, but it’ll remain chilly with an expected high of 41 degrees.

Sunday has another chance for snow before 10 a.m., then chances for rain and snow during the day, according to the weather agency. The skies will be mostly cloudy, and it’s only expected to get as warm as 40 degrees.

The chance for rain and snow will continue Sunday night into early Monday.

Chicago’s normal first date for getting a trace of snow is Oct. 31, but the earliest that’s happened was in 1942, when there was snow on Sept. 25, according to the National Weather Service.

The city doesn’t typically get a measurable amount of snow — meaning .1 inches or more — until Nov. 18, according to the weather agency. Heavier snowfall of 1 inch or more usually starts Dec. 7.

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