Whether shopping along Randall Road, leaving the main branch of the Algonquin Public Library or out and about in Lake in the Hills, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch Facebook users reported spotting the same thing Monday.
The brief flurries were reported in the area around 5 p.m. and some woke to a trace of snow on the ground.
Meanwhile, popular Chicago meteorologist Tom Skilling's Facebook page was abuzz Monday after Skilling posted "we're getting radar returns from snow—especially in the northern suburbs" and asked followers what they were seeing. From Cary to Huntley to Crystal Lake, Tom Sklling followers reported snow flurries in their neck of the woods.
Snow was also reported by Skilling Facebook users in Schaumburg, Rockford, Highland Park and Wheaton.
Whether met with excitement or disdain, the brief snowfall seemed to be short-lived for most of the area. And there is no snow in the forecast for Lake in the Hills or Algonquin through next Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
Earliest Snowfall for Chicago
The earliest first snowfall for the season in Chicago was on Sept. 25, 1942 and again on Sept. 25, 1948 when just a trace of snow was reported, according to the National Weather Service. The average date for the first trace of snow is Oct. 30.
The earliest measurable snowfall of .1 inches or more happened on Oct. 18, 1972 when .07 inches of snow fell and on the same date in 1989 when .2 inches of snow fell. The average date for the first measurable snowfall is Nov. 16.
As for one inch or more of snow, the earliest that has happened for Chicago is Oct. 19, 1989 when 3.8 inches fell. The average date for the first inch-or-more of snow is Dec. 2.
The longest Chicago has been able to keep the snowfall at bay is as follows:
- The longest stretch until the first trace of snow was reported was Dec. 5 in 1999 when .01 inches of snow fell
- The longest stretch until .1 inches or more of snow was reported was Dec. 16 in 1965 when .3 inches fell
- The longest Chicago had to wait for one inch or more of snow was Jan. 17, 1989 when one inch finally fell for the winter season.