CHICAGO —When the clock strikes midnight Thursday, there's a very good chance that you'll have survived the least snowy December in over a century.
So far in December, Chicago has accumulated "a trace amount" — less than a one-tenth of an inch— of snow, according to Kevin Birk, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.
The last time the city had a trace amount of snow throughout the entire month of December was in 1912. Last year, Chicago accumulated 14.2 inches of snowfall in December. Chicago averages 8.5 inches of snowfall in December, Birk said.
The snowless December comes after a November that saw 2.8 inches of snowfall, which brought this season's total accumulation to 2.9 inches, Birk said.
The lack of snowfall coincided with higher than average temperatures in December. The average December temperature for this year was 33.3 degrees, or about 5.3 degrees above average, Birk said.
Last month, the average temperature was 33.6 degrees, or about 6.7 degrees below the norm, Birk said.
The snowless streak could end Saturday, when morning rain may change to snow by evening, Birk said.
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