The weather outside is far from frightful. Temperatures are above normal for this time of the year. And since the massive storm to start the winter season, we basically haven't seen any snowflakes in the region.

But will we see a white Christmas?

Well, in general, the odds of at least an inch of snow on the ground on Dec. 25 are about 40 to 60 percent in the northern third of Illinois. That's according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel. You can find a little more historic info at this link.

What about this year? Take a look at the extended forecast from The Weather Channel. There's not a snowflake to be seen. This amateur weather-watcher pegs the chances at close to zero.

One of the biggest Christmas Day snowfalls was in Chicago in 1951 with 17 inches. Rockford had 14 inches of snow in 1951 and again in 2000.