CHICAGO
12/06/2011 06:12 pm ET

Snow In Chicago: If First Measurable Flakes Don't Fall Soon, City Will Break Record

Although numerous meteorologists have indicated that Chicago is in for a doozy of a snow-filled winter this season, measurable snowfall has continued to elude the Windy City.

If the trend continues much longer, it could break records, potentially reporting the city's latest measurable snowfall ever, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. That record is currently held by Dec. 16, 1965, when 0.3 inches fell on the city, according to the National Weather Service.

Though even scattered snowflakes have been a rare sight thus far in Chicago -- which is especially surprising when compared to the 6.9 inches of snow that had already fallen by this time last year -- statewide, Illinois has been unusually wet as of late. According to CBS Chicago, an average of 5.23 inches of rain fell during November, which is a couple inches above average. The statewide average temperature -- 45.3 degrees -- was also markedly higher than is typical.

Looking ahead toward the start of next week, however, AccuWeather is predicting that, in addition to a possible sprinkling of snow Thursday night, an accumulation of snow may develop as part of a weather system expected to come in from the east Monday evening.

And despite the slow start to the local snow season, AccuWeather is still standing by their previous call that Chicago will be clobbered by some of the worst weather of the nation this winter, including as much as 58 inches of snow. The Cook County Department of Homeland Security is preparing accordingly and both of the city's airports also say they are ready for Mother Nature's frosty fury.

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