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Is it really May? Snow fell in north, northwest suburbs

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Updated: May 16, 2014 6:53PM

April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, but Friday morning it was more like May flurries.

Snow was reported in “too many towns to count” in the northern and northwestern regions, including Hoffman Estates, Wonder Lake, Lincolnshire and Lake Zurich, National Weather Service Meteorologist Amy Seeley said.

The flakes started falling about 5 a.m., thanks to a combination of cool overnight temperatures in the 30s and 40s and a low-pressure system, the weather service said.

Most areas have seen only trace amounts to very minor accumulations of snow, the weather service said. The light snow showers should start to taper off early Friday afternoon.

Commuters shouldn’t worry too much about the decidedly un-spring like weather — paved surfaces are too warm for the snow to stick to, Meteorologist David Beachler said.

No snow had fallen by early afternoon at either O’Hare or Midway airports, both of which are reporting normal operations, officials said.

The spring snowfall may have broken a record in Rockford, where the latest observed trace of snowfall in a given year had been May 11, 1966, the weather service said.

But you’d have to go back more than 100 years to find the latest observed trace of snowfall in Chicago, which happened June 2, 1910, the weather service said.

The rest of Friday will bring some scattered rain showers and highs in the upper 40s, with lows in the upper 30s Friday night. However, next week promises a much more pleasant forecast.

“Once we get beyond Monday we should start to see temperatures nearing the lower 70s, and it is possible we could get back into the mid 70s later next week,” Beachler said.

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