Warm Temps Have Prevented Chicago Snow Wallop

Bernie Tafoya
January 08, 2019 - 5:20 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Bernie Tafoya

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- We could still be digging out from under mountains of snow if all the rainfall we’ve had since November had been in the form of snow.

According to Accuweather meteorologist John Greciak, the combination of rain and snow since November in the Chicago area has totaled 7 inches.

The general rule of thumb is 10 inches of snow for every one inch of rain, translating the possibility of 70 inches, or nearly 6 feet of snow, he said. 

Higher than normal temperatures from this winter’s El Nino effect have kept that much snow from dropping.

"If you don’t like snow, this has been your winter so far because we haven’t had very much of it despite that amount of precipitation," Greciak said.

He said, except for the next couple of days when we're expecting pretty cold temperatures, it appears the area will continue to see temperatures that are near normal or higher-than-normal temps for the foreseeable future.