Hard to get snow with the type of temperatures we have seen so far this winter. Today will mark the 15th day in a row with highs at or above average. We should be near 50 by Friday. We have yet to see a high temperature below freezing. On average, the first sub-freezing high temperature occurs on November 22nd. The latest we have ever gone into winter without a high below freezing was January 1st, 1923. In the top ten years we went furthest into winter without a sub-freezing high, 7 out of 10 of those winters went on to produce less than average snowfall. So far we are 3.8″ below average with only a trace reported at O’Hare. Even in the “easy winter” we saw last year we had .5″ by now. Today is the 283rd day in a row without measurable snow (at least .1″). Every day without measurable snow stretches that record out even further.
The prospects for the white stuff aren’t very good in the short term at least. The GFS model squirts out a scant .1″of snow collectively over the next 10 days.
It appears our mild start to winter will continue. The 6 to 10 day temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center outlooks the middle part of the country from the midwest to the deep south with above average temperatures.