Easter Sunday is traditionally considered a celebration of spring, full of bright colors and blooming flowers, but winter still makes its presence felt at times and could do so again late Sunday and Monday in the Chicago area.
Forecast models predict clouds to increase throughout the afternoon on Sunday, giving way to precipitation late in the day.
This precipitation is expected to start as rain, but it is possible that it will mix and eventually turn to snow before all is said and done on Monday.
Some areas near and north of Interstate 88 could even see up to an inch of snow accumulation, according to forecast models.
The idea of snow on Easter then begs the question: how often does it snow in Chicago on Easter, and when was the last time there were snowflakes in the air during the holidays? ?
According to the National Weather Service, there was measurable snow on Easter Sunday in Chicago about 7% of the time.
Most of the time this snow fell in trace amounts, but there were a few instances where there was a lot of snowfall. According to the service, the snowiest Easter the city has seen since record-keeping began occurred on March 29, 1964, when 7.1 inches of snowfall was recorded during the holiday.
As for the last snowfall in the city over Easter, it came back on April 8, 2007, when traces of snow were recorded at O’Hare International Airport, the official reporting site for the city of Chicago.
Traces of snow were also recorded in 1993 and 1997, according to National Weather Service data.
The last time the the city of Chicago saw a measurable snowfalldefined as receiving a tenth of an inch or more of snow, Easter came on March 31, 1991, when 0.6 inches of snow fell at O’Hare.
It remains to be seen if any measurable snowfall will occur Sunday evening in Chicago, but commuters will likely need to allow a little longer to get to work on Monday, with rain potentially mixing with snow early in the morning and causing problems road trips in the region.