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Seriously? El Paso, Texas, has had more snow than Chicago

January 07, 2013|By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko | RedEye

Is it warm enough out there for you, Chicago?

If it seems like the city has had a shortage of the white stuff so far this season, it isn’t a mid-winter hallucination. The warmer-than-normal temps and lack of snow have been well-documented, and even some cities in Texas have recorded more measurable flurries than Chicago.

It’s been so unseasonably warm, in fact, that River North’s Vertigo Sky Lounge has delayed the opening of its “Fire and Ice” winter patio by a week because of the forecast.

WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling’s forecast this week has the low temperatures each day until Friday at 32 degrees or above, with a high of 49 degrees expected Friday.

So just how does Chicago stack up to other cities in terms of snowfall? According to AccuWeather, at .09 total inches of snowfall in Chicago through Jan. 4, we’ve got nothing on Texas.

  • El Paso, Texas – 3.1 inches
  • Amarillo, Texas – 2.1 inches
  • Wichita Falls, Texas – 3.5 inches
  • Little Rock, Ark. – 10.3 inches (Note: The city’s average for a season is just 3.5 inches.)
  • Oklahoma City, Okla. – 1.4 inches (Annual average of 7.9 inches.) 

How far behind are we? AccuWeather says the average snowfall for Chicago is 36.7 inches for a season.

UPDATE: Accounting for the measly amount of snow that fell Saturday, AccuWeather said Monday that Chicago's total now stands at 1.3 inches. Since 1886, when record keeping began, there have been only three other years in which it took longer for more than an inch to fall. 

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