Biggest Snowstorms in Chicago and Rockford

The following are the 10 ten greatest snowfall events in the Chicago and Rockford area.

Chicago

Since snow records began in 1886 in Chicago, there have been 44 winter storms that produced 10 inches or more of snow. A 10 inch snow occurs about once every 3 years. A 15 inch snow occurs only once about every 19 years. The closest back to back 10 inch snows were March 25-26 and April 1-2, 1970 (6 days apart). The longest period of time without a 10 inch snow or greater was February 12, 1981 to January 1, 1999 (almost 18 years). The earliest 10 inch snow was November 25-26, 1895 and the latest 10 inch snow was April 1-2, 1970. The most recent 10 inch snow (before this year) was February 9, 2010.

Chicago's Top Ten Snowstorms:

  1. 23.0 inches Jan 26-27, 1967
  2. 21.6 inches Jan 1-3, 1999
  3. 20.2 inches Feb 1-2, 2011
  4. 19.2 inches Mar 25-26, 1930
  5. 18.8 inches Jan 13-14, 1979
  6. 16.2 inches Mar 7-8, 1931
  7. 15.0 inches Dec 17-20, 1929
  8. 14.9 inches Jan 30, 1939
  9. 14.9 inches Jan 6-7, 1918
  10. 14.3 inches Mar 25-26, 1970

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Rockford

There have been 21 10-inch snows in Rockford’s history. The closest back-to-back 10-inch snows were January 14 – 15 and January 17 – 19 1943  (2 days). Therefore, it’s no wonder than the 1942 – 1943 season is ranked second for the most snowfall, right after the blizzard season of 1978 – 1979 with an amazing 74.5 inches of snow recorded!

Rockford’s Top Ten Snowstorms:

  1. 16.3 inches on January 6 - 7, 1918
  2. 16.0 inches on March 30 – 31, 1926
  3. 15.0 inches on March 21 – 22, 1932
  4. 14.3 inches on February 1-2, 2011
  5. 13.8 inches on March 1 – 2, 1948
  6. 12.9 inches on December 11 – 13, 1909
  7. 12.5 inches on February 10 – 11, 1944
  8. 12.3 inches on January 11 – 14, 1979
  9. 12.0 inches on January 17 – 19, 1943
  10. 11.5 inches on January 14 – 15, 1943



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