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Chicago Snow-Free Record Broken: City Enters 282nd Day Without Snow, Shatters 18-Year Record

12/11/2012 03:37 pm 15:37:37 | Updated Dec 11, 2012

As Tuesday began in Chicago, the city entered its 282nd consecutive day without "measurable" -- a tenth of an inch or more -- snowfall for the first time since 1994.

Heading into the day, weather forecasters had predicted a good chance of snow arriving Monday in the Windy City, but only a few scattered snowflakes were spotted in the air and the precipitation was not measurable. Worse yet (if you're a fan of the white fluffy stuff), CBS Chicago reports no chance of snow in the area until next week.

That forecast means that Chicago could soon break an even oldest record: The latest date that the city has ever seen its first measurable snowfall of the season is Dec. 16, 1965, according to the Chicago Tribune.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Ratzer told the Tribune that the odds appear quite good that 47-year-old record will be shattered.

As for the possibility of a White Christmas, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that above-average temperatures are expected to remain in the area for the foreseeable future. If it does so through the end of the month, it could be a relatively sure sign of what sort of weather lies ahead for Chicagoans this winter, Matt Friedlein of the National Weather Service told the paper.

Chicago isn't the only Midwest city shattering snowless records as of late. Des Moines, Iowa last week matched a record set in 1889 when it went its 277th day without measurable snowfall, though wintry relief has since arrived there. Lincoln, Nebraska, meanwhile, has been snow-free for 302 days.

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