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Chicago’s 1st Measurable Snow of 2016-2017 Snow Season

First off as always, a Big Thank You to Timothy B. for your recent donation to the snow site. It’s the first donation of the new snow season. I really appreciate it and they really help out a lot. Thanks, Timothy :)
Chicago, Illinois and several other cities across the United States received their 1st snowfall of the season. Remember, this snow contest is for cities with a population of 100,000 or more as of the last US Census.

Chicago had the first snowfall of the 2016-2017 snow season picking up 6.4 inches of snow Sunday sliding into a tie for 4th place with Grand Rapids, Michigan. Chicago also set a date snow record for 12/4 Sunday with the fresh 6.4 inches of snow beating the old record of 5.1 inches which was set back in 2010. WTG Chicago and let’s see if you can stay in the Top 5 ;)

Current Top 5 Snowiest Big Cities in US

Snowiest big cities in the United States 2016-2017

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Grand Rapids, MI did some mountain climbing also picking up 5.6 inches of snow on Sunday just missing a snow record of 5.9 inches that was set in 2009. Grand Rapids jumped all the way from the #23 spot on the snow mountain to the #4 spot.

Some Big Cities Had The First Snowfall 2016-2017 Snow Season

All in all about 13 Big cities with a population of 100,000 or more received their first snowfall of the season over the weekend with several cities breaking the date record for snowfall. Some which include:

    1st Measurable Snow for The Season

Chicago, Illinois
Madison, Wisconsin
Rockford, Illinois
Peoria, Illinois
Lansing, Michigan
Springfield, Illinois
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Lincoln, Nebraska
Flint, Michigan
Omaha, Nebraska
Des Moines, Iowa
Toledo, Ohio
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Some Cities That Set Date Snow Records Sunday

* Fort Wayne, IN – new snow record 2.7 inches breaking the old of 1.8 set in 1972.

* Chicago, IL received 6.4 inches breaking the old record of 5.1 set in 2010.

* Madison, WI had 5.7 inches of snow Sunday breaking the old record of 5.6 set in 2007.

* Peoria, IL new date record is 4.2 beating the old record of 2.9 inches of snow set way back in 1964.

I should be getting another snow update in later this afternoon-early evening so stay tuned and stay safe. Have an Awesome Day ;)

First as always, a Big Thanks to Sue B. for your kind donation to the site. They help out a ton to offset costs. It’s also the 1st donation of the new 2015-2016 snow season :) Thanks Sue, much appreciated!

Chicago 2nd in Snowiest Big City Contest – Snow Records Broken

Congrats to Chicago, Illinois on taking over the nuber 2 spot on the snow mountain. Chicago broke a couple of date records for total snowfall the last couple of days and slipped past several cities to take over 2nd place in the Golden SNow Globe national snow contest for Big cities. Several other cities also set some snowfall records yesterday as this current snowstorm moves to the east across the country. Some of the snow records set yesterday are posted below.

Anchorage, Alaska is still sitting pretty at the top of the snow mountain and seem to be adding to their snow totals everyday. What a difference a season makes. Anchorage has almost as much snow so far in the 2015-2016 snow season than they had for the entire 2014-2015 season. As of the last update Anchorage had 19.6 inches of snow. For all of last season Anchorage only had 25.1 inches of snow.

Chicago snowstorm

No doubt we are starting to crank up the 2015-2016 snow season and at last check we have 31 Big cities with a population of 100,000 or more setting up camp on the snow mountain. The list will keep growing as this current snow storm moves through and it will be interesting and fun to see what other cities join in on the fun. Maybe Erie, Buffalo and Rochester. It will also be fun to see if Chicago can hold on to 2nd place for awhile because the top of the snow mountain is getting pretty crowded after yesterday’s snow.

Some Cities That Set Date Snow Records for 11/20 & 11/21/2015

* Chicago 11/20, New Record 4.2 breaking the old record of 2.8 set in 1996

* Chicago 11/21 New Record 7.0 breaking the old snow total record for the date of 3.0 set back in 1893

* Detroit, Michigan – 11/21 New Record 6.0 inches of snow breaking the old snow record of 1.4 back in 1893

* Des Moines, Iowa 11/20 New Record 6.7 breaking the old record of 2.2 set back in 1956

* Rockford, Illinois – 11/20 New Record 4.9 beating the old of 2.4 set in 1964

* Rockford, Il – 11/21 New Record 3.9 inches beating the old record of 1.0 set in 2007

* Milwaukee, Wisconsin – 11/21 New Record 6.1 breaking the old of 1.2 set in 2007

* Lansing, Michigan – 11/21 New Record 8.2 inches breaking the old snow record of 3.5 set in 1928

* Fort Wayne, Indiana – 11/21 New Record 4.1 inches breaking the old snow record of 2.1 set in 1996

* Peoria, Illinois – 11/21 New Snow Record 4.6 inches breaking the old of 0.4 set in 1957

* Flint, Michigan – 11/21 New Record 10.0 inches breaking the old date record of 4.4 set in 1974

* Indianapolis, Indiana – 11/21 New Record 1.3 inches breaking the old of 0.8 set in 1996

* Springfield, Illinois – 11/21 New Snow Record 0.5 inches breaking the old of 0.2 set in 1950

The snow is still falling as it moves to the East so stay tuned and I will try to get another update in later on in the afternoon. Have a Great Day Everyone and as always SEE SNOWW – DRIVE SLOW ;)

Top 10 Snowiest cities Updated 1/8 4:30 PM - I was able to get a top 10 update in and there have been a couple of changes on the snow mountain. Buffalo, NY climbed a couple of spots and are now in 2nd place on the mountain. Buffalo picked up more than enough snow to slip past Syracuse, NY and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Syracuse dropped down 2 spots and went from 2nd place to 4th while Grand Rapids was able to stay in the number 3 slot. Way to go Buffalo! If it’s not my Syracuse I have to root for a NY city at least. Is Erie feeling the pressure yet :) Stay Tuned!


Update 1/8 - South Bend Residents Please Read – I meant to explain why South Bend, Indiana was removed from the list yesterday but forgot to. Cory posted a comment which reminded me about it and here is Cory’s comment and my reply and believe me I think it stinks that we had to pull South Bend. Hopefully things get straightened out and for anyone or a group who lives or is always around the airport NOAA would like to hear from you. This is a 24/7 operation and I believe measurements need to be taken every 6 hours around the clock. You can contact Jeff Logsdon at the National Weather Service at 574-834-1104

Cory Asked - What happened to South Bend?!? We still have a population of over 100,000. We have received 46.4″ so far this winter. I have a link to the website. This is according to NOAA.

ME - Hi Cory, unfortunately I just pulled South Bend this last update and trust me, I didn’t want to. We have been waiting for NOAA to post their official snow totals for awhile now and they haven’t since around mid December. We looked around to see what was going on and Stephen who posts here found out why. It appears there is some kind of dispute going on with NOAA and the airport as far as someone at the airport measuring the snow. From what I have read is that any snow stats for South Bend for the time being anyways are unofficial snow stats. I’m not sure where WNDU is getting their stats from unless they are taking measurements where they are at. I know that NOAA is looking for snow spotters that lives or who spends time around the airport to help out. Do you know if WNDU is near the airport or are you Cory? Here is the info about it and hopefully South Bend will be back before the season is over. Sorry about that.


This last full update was all about Michigan and Illinois snow totals. Just about every city from those states climbed up the snow mountain including Grand Rapids which is now in 3rd place. Michigan for the time being owns the top 10 snowiest cities in the US with 4 cities making it into the top 10 this update.

I did get a full update in and Erie, Pa still holds a pretty commanding lead right now but watch your backs because it seems each update some of the slow starters keep closing in on the top cities. More to come on this last update a little later when I have some more time :)