Whether Chicagoans are rejoicing the mild weather or cursing the snowless holiday season, one thing can't be denied: the city has been flurry-free for what feels like an unnaturally long time — 287 days to be exact, as of Monday.
As the snowless streak continues, another record fell on Sunday, according to AccuWeather. With no trace of the white stuff falling by Monday, Chicago broke the record set in 1965 for the latest arrival (in recorded history) of measurable snow.
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The record breaking could come to a halt as of Thursday, according to AccuWeather's Kristina Pydynowski:
"Chicago has a good chance at breaking its snow drought on Thursday. While the upcoming midweek storm should start as rain in Chicago with the heaviest snow aiming for communities to the north, enough cold air should arrive on Thursday to change that rain into accumulating snow."
Mark Ratzer, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Romeoville told the Chicago Tribune parts of the Midwest could see six to 12 inches of snow from the upcoming storm.
Depending on the storm's path, Ratzer said Chicago could get either "several inches or less than an inch."
Prior to the Dec. 16 record falling, the city broke an 18-year record for most consecutive days without "measurable" snowfall earlier in the month.
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