No snow boots needed in Milwaukee. Chicago commuters aren’t dodging knee-deep snow drifts frozen along city sidewalks. And children in Des Moines are settling for ice shavings dumped from a Zamboni.
In Hastings, the last time residents had to get out their shovels was Feb. 3 and 4, leaving the city snowless for a 295-day stretch that ended with a dusting early last week.
That broke the record set in 1944.
Omaha recorded its 285th consecutive snowless day Wednesday — breaking its previous record set in 2006 — and Lincoln extended its record on Thursday to 297 days without measurable snow. Lincoln’s former record was 295 snow-free days in 2004.