Monday’s smattering of light snowfall to make way for clear, warmer conditions

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Umbrellas keep off snow, too, but that’s not what “April showers” usually refers to. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

An inconvenient truth: Snow isn’t uncommon here this time of year.

That doesn’t mean you’ll have to dust off the snow blower or hunt around in the basement for a bag of ice melt, even though light snow couldcontinue falling throughout the Chicagointo Monday evening.

Snowfall covered the entire Chicago metro area Monday morning | National Weather Service

Snowfall covered the entire Chicago metro area Monday morning | National Weather Service

Monday’s initial dusting of snowfall should taper off by 1 p.m., making way for a round of snow and rain showers that’s expected to last until 2 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. A slight chance of additional snowfall is then expected until 7 p.m.

As of 6:55 a.m., O’Hare International Airport had recorded 1.4 inches of accumulated snowfall, while Midway International Airport had seen 1.5 inches of snowfall by 11:02 a.m., the weather service said.

The smattering of snowfall has already disrupted plans for some baseball fans. The Chicago Cubs’ Monday home opener was postponed until Tuesday due to thethe weather affecting theconditions at Wrigley Field.

Commuters trudge along Adams Street outside Union Station Monday morning. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Commuters trudge along Adams Street outside Union Station Monday morning. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

But locals and tourists shouldn’t despair. The white stuff will be but a distant memory by Friday, when high temperatures are expected to reach 70 degrees,the weather service said.

And the 1.7 inches of snow we’ve had so far in April? Nothing to panic about. The average for April is about 1.2 inches, meteorologists say. Spare a thought for the folks driving on April 2, 1975. Ditto for April 5, 1982, when — on each of those days — 9.4 inches of snow fell, a record for April. And it has been known to snow in May in Chicago, too.

Chicago’s week-long forecast calls for temperatures rising to 70 degrees | National Weather Service

Chicago’s week-long forecast calls for temperatures rising to 70 degrees | National Weather Service

Nevertheless, this spring has been a bit of a downer for nature lovers. Crocuses and daffodils have been slow to poke through the crusted earth. And the rabbits in Grant Park have seen their burrows filled with snow, said Bob O’Neill, president of the Grant Park Conservancy.

“In Chicago, people really celebrate the bulbs coming up and the blooming flowers because they’ve had a long winter,” O’Neill said. “I’ve heard so many people say [this year], ‘I can’t believe it’s still winter.’”

Regardless of how much snow falls Monday, motorists should watch out for slick spots on the road, the weather service said. Scattered snow and rain in the afternoon may result in very low visibility and poor driving conditions.

A daytime high in the upper 30s is expected Monday, with wind gusts reaching about 10 miles per hour. At night, temperatures will fall to the mid-20s.

Chicago’s week-long forecast calls for temperatures rising to 70 degrees | National Weather Service

Chicago’s week-long forecast calls for temperatures rising to 70 degrees | National Weather Service

Neither rain nor sleet nor infuriatingly late snowfall will stop today’s mail delivery. | Sun-Times staff photo

Neither rain nor sleet nor infuriatingly late snowfall will stop today’s mail delivery. | Sun-Times staff photo

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