The first snowfall to hit Illinois this fall was no polite dusting, but a record-breaking event. State Climatologist Jim Angel said Sunday’s snowfall total was the heaviest snow accumulation for a fall-winter season’s first snow at O’Hare International Airport and likely other sites as well. “It was the greatest first-of-the-season daily total for Chicago at O’Hare

Airport,” Angel said. “That’s the biggest one-day jump to the winter snowfall season.” Sunday’s 6.4 inches of snowfall at O’Hare blew past the old Chicago record of 4.8 inches in November of 1940. Angel said the snow hit hardest near the Quad Cities, with some areas recording more than 9 inches. READ MORE