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Lincoln on verge of one chilly record
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Lincoln on verge of one chilly record

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Groundskeeper Jeff Hoffman works to clear the campus of BryanLGH Medical Center East in December. (LJS file)

Tuesday's weather number is 40.

* Lincoln will set a record for fewest days with temperatures 40 degrees or higher this winter, often defined meteorologically -- according to the National Weather Service -- as the months of December, January and February.

Through Monday, Lincoln had five days since Dec. 1 on which the temperature hit 40 degrees or higher, easily outdistancing the record low number of 14 days in 1978-79. Even if the temperature reaches 40 or higher for the rest of the week, the new record will stand. The forecast says Saturday has the best chance of reaching 40; 37 is now predicted.

Omaha has had four days of 40 or warmer; its existing record is eight days, also set in 1978-79.

* With the 0.6 of an inch of snow that fell Sunday, Lincoln has gotten 40.0 inches this season. Normal snowfall by Feb. 22 is 19.9 inches. By Feb. 22, 2009, the city's snowfall total was 15.2 inches.

So far this month, 7.4 inches has fallen; that's 3.2 inches above normal.

Lincoln's official snow depth is 2 inches. We've had at least one inch of snow on the ground for 78 days. Record: 92 days, set in 1975.

With 40 inches of snow, this is the 15th snowiest winter in 111 years.

Lincoln's all-time snowfall record is 59.4 inches set in 1914-15.

The weather service says Lincoln has a 30 percent chance of light snow Tuesday, and a slight chance again Sunday night.

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