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Chicago Snowfall: City About To Break A 72-Year-Old Weather Record

A lone cyclist navigates the bike path through a snow storm at Chicago's North Ave. beach Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. A muted ve
A lone cyclist navigates the bike path through a snow storm at Chicago's North Ave. beach Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. A muted version of the deadly winter storm that has killed more than a dozen across the eastern half of the country reached the Northeast on Thursday, limiting most of its wrath to travel headaches as Christmas revelers tried to return home. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

It's already been a mild winter of record-shattering proportions in Chicago -- and the weather records keep falling in the city.

Unless at least an inch of snow falls yet Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, AccuWeather reports that the city will beat a record, dating back to 1940, for the longest stretch of consecutive days without an inch of the white staff falling to the ground: 319. Such snowfall is not in the forecast amid nearly spring-like temperatures arriving in the area.

Adding further insult to injury, at least for those Chicagoans who enjoy snow, the city has still only logged a grand total of just 1.3 inches of snowfall through the entire winter to this point, 0.4 of which fell Saturday, pushing the city past one inch of snowfall for the season on nearly the latest date on record since 1866.

As the RedEye points out, some unlikely cities have surpassed Chicago's paltry snowfall total this year, including El Paso, Texas (3.1 inches), Amarillo, Texas (2.1 inches) and Oklahoma City, Okla. (1.4 inches).

Still, winter is far from over and the average snowfall for a Chicago winter is 38 inches: the Chicago Weather Center notes that a blast of frigid air is forecast to come down from central Canada on Friday, at which point the Windy City could begin to make up some snowy ground.

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