November 2, 2011
With all the snow on the East Coast this Halloween, I was wondering if Chicago ever had a "white Halloween"?
Thanks, Mary King,
Checking weather records dating to 1871, weather historian Frank Wachowski reported that Chicago has never recorded a measurable snow or snow on the ground for Halloween. Wachowski did note that traces of snow have fallen at Chicago's official weather site six times on Oct. 31 — in 1895, 1917, 1918, 1926, 1955 and 1993. In 1994, rain changed to snow in the far western suburbs just before midnight on Halloween, but the precipitation remained all rain in the city. Many readers remember trick-or-treating in snow in 1954 in the western suburbs, but that year Halloween fell on a Sunday and many areas delayed trick-or-treating until Monday, when about an inch of snow fell across the Chicago area.
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