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White Christmas In Chicago? The Chances Of It Happening Are ‘Dwindling’

"I wouldn't say the chance is zero, but the chance is pretty low," said a National Weather Service meteorologist.

A snowy morning near the lakefront.
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DOWNTOWN — Chicago might be dreaming of a white Christmas — but it probably won’t get one this year.

Though Chicago got hit with a small amount of snow on Monday morning, no more is expected before Christmas.

“It’s a little far out to say, but the chances are dwindling as we get closer,” said Gino Izzi, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

About 40 percent of Christmases have had snow in Chicago’s recorded history — but chances will be “solidly below that” this year as no snow systems are coming up, Izzi said.

There is a little hope: With more than a week until Christmas, the forecast could change. In a Twitter poll from the National Weather Service, more than half of the respondents said they were still hoping for snow on Dec. 25.

“I wouldn’t say the chance is zero, but the chance is pretty low,” Izzi said.

The city’s temperatures will jump around in the meantime. It will only get as warm as the 20s on Wednesday, Izzi said, but then the city will bounce back and be “solidly above normal” late in the week and during the weekend.

Normal temperatures this time of year are the lower 30s.

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