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North Side Gets a White Christmas; More Coming?

By Emily Morris | December 25, 2012 4:40pm

LINCOLN PARK — Contrary to the forecasters who said it wouldn't happen, at least some of Chicago got a white Christmas after all.

Though just a trace was reported at O'Hare, an inch of snow or more was reported in neighborhoods farther north, such as Rogers Park, said Charles Mott, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Romeoville.

Spotty lake-effect snow made roads slick for drivers heading north along Lake Shore Drive Tuesday morning, though conditions eased up in the afternoon.

The weather also meant some city residents and their visitors finally had the chance to make angels, have snow fights and go sledding this Christmas.

For many families hoping for a classic city Christmas, it was about time.

"If you're from the North, you've got to have snow on Christmas," said Lincoln Park resident Jenny Skokun 39, who spent the afternoon outside in Lakeview with her fiance, Brian Gawel, and their 3-year-old dog, Colby

The Bernese Mountain Dog was probably looking forward to the snow more than either of them, Gawel said.

"He loves the snow," Gawel, 39, of Lakeview, said as Colby galloped after his leash at Waveland Park. "He's been waiting for this."

A family who came from Mountain View, Calif. to spend time with relatives for the holidays also had the rare chance to experience the cheery weather.

"We never see this," said Natash Dominiczak, who took photos of a snowy lakefront with her husband and 4-year-old daughter.

For those who spent time away Christmas day and didn't see snowflakes, they might have their chance Wednesday.

"It's possible to see lake-effect snow tonight and tomorrow morning," Mott said. "Then during the afternoon, we could see roughly half an inch."