Chicago Poised to Break Snowless Record

The Windy City is seeing one of the warmest first weeks of December

By Alexandra Clark and Sharon Wright
|  Monday, Dec 10, 2012  |  Updated 9:27 AM CDT
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    Chicago is forecasted to break the record for longest stretch of snowless days on Monday.

    "We're from Illinois so we'll take what we can get," joked a woman walking through the Christkindlmarket on Sunday.

    So far this year, Chicagoans have received 280 days of no snow accumulation and unseasonably warm temperatures. The number of days ties the record set in 1994 and is on track to set a new record Monday.

    All that stands in the way of setting a new record is a tenth of an inch of accumulated snow.

    A chance for flurries and snowflakes are on tap for Monday, but widespread accumulating snow is not anticipated, according to the National Weather Service. Additionally, temperatures in the lower and mid-30's during the day will mostly likely melt any snow accumulations quickly.

    The last time the Chicago area saw a "measurable amount" of snow was on March 4, when three-tenths of an inch accumulated.

    While many are enjoying the unseasonably warm weather, some were hoping to see snow by now.

    "We planned this trip months ago thinking we were going to come and see the snow in Chicago," said a woman from Texas.

    After Monday, snow is a no show in the five day forecast.  Be sure to enjoy it if a record is set tomorrow, because it may be awhile before Chicago enjoys this kind of break from the cold and snow again.

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