ROCKFORD — The snow that blanketed the city Friday morning broke a 94-year-old record for this date in Rockford.


The National Weather Service reported that 3 inches of snow fell Friday at Chicago Rockford International Airport, the service’s official measuring site for the city. That was enough to surpass the previous record for the day of a half-inch of snow on April 17, 1926.


The snow didn’t stick around long. Much of it had melted by early afternoon as temperatures reached the mid-40s.


The monthly record for April is 9 inches of snow, set in 1936.


The city had a late April snowstorm last year, too. On April 27, 3.7 inches of snow fell on the city. It was also a record for that date.


Saturday’s National Weather Service forecast calls for a sunny but windy day with a high near 57 degrees. Wind gusts could reach as high as 40 mph on Saturday.


Kevin Haas: khaas@rrstar.com; @KevinMHaas