Record April Cold, 47 MPH Wind, 1.5 Inches of Snow Pummel Kane County

Record April Cold, 47 MPH Wind, 1.5 Inches of Snow Pummel Kane County

So far, it’s the coldest April ever in Rockford and the fourth-coldest ever recorded in Chicago.

A Kane County community tallied the second-highest wind gust on Saturday, April 14, 2018 — a tidy little 47 mph breeze in Sugar Grove.

Elgin got 1.5 inches of snow. Algonquin got an inch, and several other Kane County towns reported a half inch or more as of 10:19 a.m. Monday.

Those are just three not-so-fun facts about the first part of April 2018, as provided by the National Weather Service Chicago.

Cougars games and Cubs games were canceled over the weekend and today (Monday, April 16, 2018), and there’s more cool weather in the forecast this week. There’s a chance of freezing rain on Wednesday and rain or snow on Wednesday night.

April 1-15 Temps

For the first half of April (1-15), temperatures certainly have been below normal for the period. But just how cold?

Take a look at the top five coldest April 1-15 periods for Rockford and Chicago.

Records date back to 1872 for Chicago and 1905 for Rockford.

Kane County Snow Totals

Public Information Statement from the National Weather Service Chicago as of 10:19 a.m. Monday, April 16, 2018.

  • Elgin 2W (Kane) — 1.5
  • Algonquin 1N (McHenry) — 1.0
  • St. Charles 6NW (Kane) — 0.9
  • Elgin (Kane) — 0.7
  • Elgin (Kane) — 0.5
  • Elburn (Kane) — 0.5
  • Elgin 1S (Kane) — 0.5
  • Batavia 2WNW (Kane) — 0.5
  • Elburn (Kane) — 0.5
  • Lily Lake 2E (Kane) — 0.5
  • Batavia 1WNW (Kane) — 0.4
  • Geneva 4WSW (Kane) — 0.3

Highest Wind Reports

Observations are collected from a variety of sources with varying equipment and exposures. We thank all volunteer weather observers for their dedication. Not all data listed are considered official.