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Chicago area’s long no-snow stretch nears a record

A Golden Retriever named Roscoe climbs through nearly 20 inches snow Logan Square during one city's usual big snowfalls. |

A Golden Retriever named Roscoe climbs through nearly 20 inches of snow in Logan Square during one the city's usual big snowfalls. | Michael R. Schmidt~Sun-Times Media

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If it doesn’t snow by Monday, Chicago will surpass the record of the most consecutive days without any measurable snowfall here — 280 days.

That was set in 1994, according to the National Weather Service.

But the forecast calls for a small chance of snow by early Sunday, said Gino Izzi, a senior meteorologist at the weather service’s Romeoville office.

The last measurable snowfall here — more than a tenth of an inch — was on March 4, when three-tenths of an inch fell, Izzi said.

The area experienced one of its warmest-ever first weeks of December, according to Izzi, with an average temperature of 45.7 degrees. That makes it the sixth-warmest start to December on record, he said. The warmest was in 1998, with an average temperature of 52.6 degrees.



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