Chicago could break record for longest streak without snow today

2012-12-10T12:15:00Z 2012-12-11T00:36:20Z Chicago could break record for longest streak without snow todayTimes Staff nwitimes.com
December 10, 2012 12:15 pm  • 

Chicago could break the record for the longest stretch without measurable snow today if one tenth of an inch of snow is not recorded at O'Hare International Airport.

According to the National Weather Service, the last measurable snow fell in Chicago on March 4. Chicago tied the record for the longest stretch without snow -- 280 days in 1994 -- on Sunday.

If no measurable snow is recorded at O'Hare today, forecasters said the next chance for measurable snow will not come until Thursday or possibly early next week.

If the snow holds off until then, it would also put Chicago's record for the first measurable snowfall -- set on Dec. 16, 1965 -- in jeopardy.

According to the National Weather Service, snow showers are possible this morning and late this afternoon, mainly toward Lake Michigan. Highs should be in the mid-30s and lows in the lower 20s.

Nick Greenqualt, meteorologist with the National Weather Service for Northern Indiana in Syracuse, Ind. said Porter and LaPorte counties have a chance for lake-effect snow this afternoon and evening. The snow is expected to start as drizzle and transition into snow this afternoon, he said.

Areas closest to the lake can expect to see about half an inch of snow with only a tenth of an inch to a trace of snow falling in areas well south, Greenqualt said.

The snow isn't expected to stick around, he said.

"Fortunately, the weather hasn't been very cool and the ground and pavement are still pretty warm so it should melt fairly quickly," Greenqualt said. 

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