What Happened to the Snow? A Winter Storm Warning with 0.1 Inch of Snow at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at O’Hare?


The longest streak of days without snow at Chicago’s official weather station at O’Hare International Airport ended at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The streak of 290 consecutive days without snow ended Thursday, December 20, 2012 after breaking the record of 280 days that was set in 1994.

The year 2012 also recorded the latest date for measurable snow — December 20, 2012. The previous record was December 16, 2012.

In Arlington Heights, as of midnight, there was no snow accumulated on pavement. Grassy areas shows a dusting of snow — barely 0.1 inch. While high winds damaged some power lines and trees, this was a Winter Storm Warning for a storm that brought little or no snow to the northwest suburbs near Arlington Heights.

The real snow fell in central Wisconsin and Iowa.

Mid-day Thursday, the comma-shaped storm was half way across the area with no snow falling and temperatures well above freezing. No thunder was heard, but there was some periods of heavy rain.

Overnight, the area still has about a 20% chance of getting 0.1 inch of snow by 6:00 a.m. There’s essentially no chance there will be three inches of snow on the ground by 6:00 a.m. Friday. The sun should be shining at daybreak and for the rest of the daylight hours Friday.

Here was The Cardinal — Arlingtoncardinal forecast at 4:26 a.m. Thursday …

“Snow amounts are likely to be less than 3 inches in Arlington Heights. Much of the rationale for this particular Winter Storm WARNING in Arlington Heights is the forecast for high winds associated with the snowfall.”

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  1. Greetings from sunny Pawleys Island SC where it was sunny and 72* yesterday! Jerry Taft must be standing on a building ledge above the ABC 7 studios right about now! No snow??? lol!

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