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Chicago's Mild Winter: 72 Days At, Or Above, Normal

By DNAinfo Staff | March 3, 2016 3:32pm | Updated on March 3, 2016 4:04pm
 No heavy coats needed this winter, even while skating.
No heavy coats needed this winter, even while skating.
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CHICAGO — Sure, Wednesday's snow was a little disappointing to those of us ready for spring. (And who isn't?)

But Chicago winter's been much nicer than most.

Of the first 91 days of "meteorological winter," some 79 percent of the average temperatures were at or above normal, says CBS2's meteorologist Ed Curran.

Only 19 days were below average, Curran adds.

"If you look at just the maximum temp each day through the winter period of Dec/Jan/Feb, it looks like 65 percent of the days fell at or above normal. On 32 days, the temperature was below what we'd like to see," said Curran.

Curran said this winter has been the 14th warmest since 1872.

The National Weather Service said the average was 4.9 degrees above average. Lowest temp: Jan. 18's 4-below. The warmest days so far have been Feb. 19 and 28, both days hitting 62 degrees.

Snowfall has been 16 inches in Chicago, almost a foot below average, the weather service said.

The forecast: Friday, partly sunny and 35. Saturday's forecast is high of 42 degrees with snow or rain. Sunday checks in at 51 degrees and mostly sunny.

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