Don’t bother digging out the snow shovels any time soon. Aside from some flurries tonight and early tomorrow, there is little in the way of snow in the forecast all the way through Wednesday next week. So far we have seen under 10% of normal snowfall. O’Hare officially has .9″ of snow this winter compared with an average of 9.9″. This is the fourth latest we have gone into winter without an official 1″ snowfall. The latest we ever went without 1″ of snow was January 8th, 1944. That record is in jeopardy this winter. The GFS model run out through 10 days is only spitting out .6″ of snow here.
The snow drought may continue here but many cities to our south have seen some decent snow so far this winter. Some of cities to the south that have seen more snow than us this winter include Little Rock (10.3″), Oklahoma City (2.6″), Louisville (2.9″) and Bowling Green (1.3″).
The 8 to 14 day temperature outlook doesn’t look favorable for much snow either (see below). We are outlooked with a better than 50% probability of above average temperatures. While the long range forecast is calling for warmer than average temperatures, I don’t recommend dipping into Lake Michigan. Members of the Polar Bear Club did just that yesterday in 37° water (see top image).