ASK TOM: Latest in the season without measurable snowfall in Chicago?

Dear Tom,
What’s the longest we’ve ever gone without a measurable snowfall?  We have to be close to the record.
– Michael Maenza

Dear Michael,
Even though we are approaching December and the city has yet to record a measurable snowfall, we are still several weeks away from the record.
The city’s latest first measurable snowfall occurred Dec. 16, 1965, when 0.3 inches fell.
The city received 2.1 inches Dec. 19-20 and 3.4 inches Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, giving the city a white Christmas and bringing the December snow total to 5.8 inches.
Snowfall for the rest of the winter was subpar, and the season ended with 24.9 inches of snow. To make up for its late start, the 1965-66 snow season ended with the city’s latest measurable snowfall when 0.2 inches fell May 11.