In terms of the weather, March can be a confusing time of the year and rightfully so for the following reasons. Meteorological Spring begins March 1st, Astronomical or the official start to spring begins March 20th, and historically, March is known to be a volatile month with huge temperature swings/contrast, marking the beginning of U.S. primary severe weather/tornado season. But does that mean winter is done in Chicago and surrounding areas? NO.
History which dates back to 1886 shows that some of Chicago's biggest snows have occurred during the month of March. Three of Chicago's ten (30%) biggest snowstorms have occurred in the month of March, the most recent being March 25-26, 1970. Since records began (1886), there have been 42 winter storms that produced 10 inches or more of snow. Of the 42 winter storms that produced 10 inches or more of snow, 6 or 14% of them occurred in March.
The winter storm that's to come late Monday through Tuesday could produce 10 inches over Chicago which would be the largest of the season and since the Groundhog Day Blizzard (February 1-2, 2011) that dumped 20.3 inches of snow over Chicago. Below is a compiled list of other facts about Chicago snow.
- A 10 inch snow typically occurs once every 3 years.
- A 15 inch snow usually occurs once every 19 years.
- The earliest 10 inch snow to occur ever was on Nov. 25-25, 1895.
- The latest 10 inch snow to ever occur was on April 1-2, 1970.
Prepared by Meteorologist Andrei Evbuoma on
Saturday, March 3, 2013 at 5:00 P.M. CST
Copyright © 2013 by Andrei Evbuoma
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