Indications are that a weak low pressure disturbance moving through the Midwest and western Great Lakes will spread some light snow across the Chicago area later Saturday afternoon into the evening hours. While it could snow enough to cover the grass and possibly even make conditions slick in some areas, accumulations are expected to be under an inch which would make it 316 consecutive days since our last 1-inch or more snowfall. If true, this would become the second-longest stretch without an inch or more of snow on record. The all-time record was established 72 years ago back in 1940 when the city logged 319 consecutive days without seeing a 1”+ snow. With above normal temperatures predicted next week, this record could be in jeopardy.
The high temperature should exceed 40-degrees each day of the coming workweek, and it could well reach the 50-degree mark – some 19 degrees above normal on at least one of those days. Actually a 50-degree high would not be that far out of the realm of possibility – a check of Chicago’s weather records dating back to 1871 shows that 82 out of 142 years or 58 percent of the January’s have recorded at least one 50-degree day!