Snow Estimates

We haven’t seen a graphic like this for a while now. This was the forecast back on Feb. 23. (Credit: CBS)

CHICAGO (CBS) — Do you remember what it was like to make a snow angel or toss a snow ball?

If not, it’s understandable.

Chicago hasn’t seen a measurable snowfall for 281 consecutive days. That’s a new record, breaking the 280-day mark set in 1994.

While many Chicagoans saw a few snowflakes in the air on Tuesday, it didn’t count.

Measurable snowfall, according to CBS 2’s Megan Glaros, must be at least one-tenth of an inch.

That last such snowfall here was on March 4.

As for the next chance for snow, it probably won’t happen this week. Following a clear and cold day on Tuesday, the rest of the week is expected to be dry with highs in the 40s and lows overnight staying above freezing.

How about the chances for a white Christmas? It’s really too early to predict but there are currently no major storms expected to develop.

In general, the odds of having at least one inch of snow on the ground on Dec. 25 are about 40 percent to 50 percent in the northern third of Illinois, according to the Illinois State Climatologist Office.