Snowfall Totals UPDATE: Geneva Leads League in Kane County; More Than 9 Inches Further North

Snowfall Totals UPDATE: Geneva Leads League in Kane County; More Than 9 Inches Further North

Geneva led the league in Kane County snowfall totals, according to preliminary information provided from the National Weather Service Chicago.

According to the NWS Weather Story page, Geneva posted 4.7 inches of snow overnight. That’s No. 4 of the NWS Chicago hit parade.

As you can see by the NWS info graphic, Winnebago tallied 8.1 inches, Rockford Airport recorded 6.2 inches and Dixon 6.0 inches.

More-detailed information posted by the NWS Chicago shows the highest total was 9.5 inches, recorded in Lake Summerset.

Kane County Snow Totals

  • Geneva — 4.7 inches
  • Elburn — 4.2 inches
  • Hampshire — 4.0 inches
  • Batavia — 3.6 inches
  • North Aurora — 3.5 inches

Fast Facts

  • The official snowfall for Chicago was 2.6 inches, observed at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
  • The official snowfall for Rockford was 6.2 inches observed at Chicago Rockford International Airport, which was the highest event total since Jan. 18-19, 2019.
  • Other snowfall amounts include 4.2 inches at the NWS Chicago in Romeoville and 3.2 inches observed three miles southwest of Chicago Midway International Airport.
  • The highest snowfall totals for this event in Illinois were in northwest Illinois and parts of north central Illinois, with 6+ inches and as high as 9+ inches in northwest Illinois.


An area of moderate to heavy snow moved northeastward across northern Illinois and far northwest Indiana during the late afternoon and early evening of Tuesday, Dec. 29.

Snowfall rates of 1 inch to locally 2 inches per hour were observed in this band of snow.

By mid-evening, warming temperatures aloft resulted in the precipitation mixing with sleet and rain before changing over to all rain for much of north-central and northeast Illinois by late in the evening.

Air temperatures remained below freezing for several hours after the switch to rain, resulting in ice accumulations of 0.1 to 0.2 inches for much of northeast Illinois late Tuesday evening into early Wednesday morning.

This was the first significant winter precipitation event this season for most of the NWS Chicago forecast area with the exception of locations near the Wisconsin state line. The high snowfall rates during the late afternoon and evening resulted in major travel disruptions across northern Illinois and the Chicago metro.