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Where’s the Snow? Chicago on Verge of 146-Year Record

The Windy City is known for its winter snow, cold and yes, wind, but this season’s brought little of any of those categories.

For the first time in 146 years, Chicago will go entirely without snow cover during the months of January and February, something that hasn’t happened in Chicago’s recorded meteorological history. And the forecast has showers and even thunderstorms in the forecast for the Windy City on Tuesday – the final day of February and the final chance to snap the unusual streak.

The snow-free winter has primarily been caused by near-constant surges of warmer air into the region, stifling any snow chances, and the primary pulses of snow have mostly lifted north and west of the area.

January and February are typically Chicago’s two snowiest months of the year, with more than half of city’s typical snowfall falling during those two months. Chicago averages 36.3″ of snow a year, 19.9″ of which falls on average in January and February.

Temperature-wise, Chicago has also been basking in incredibly mild temperatures, with the mercury a full five degrees above normal in January, and through Sunday, the average February temperature was 10 degrees above normal at 37.3° – nearly identical to Chicago’s average March temperature of 37.9°.

A little light snow may fly on Wednesday night, but little or no accumulation is expected. And temperatures surge right back into the 50s this weekend as ‘winter’ continues to feel much more spring-like in Chicago.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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