It's the shortest day of the year and the first day of the winter solstice. Local weather observer Henry Romance says we are close to breaking a 50-year precipitation record, but Mother Nature will need to bring a bit more snow over the next week-and-a-half.

Romance says he recorded 24 centimetres of snow between last Tuesday and Saturday, which brought 22.8 millimetres of water-equivalent precipitation. That's including some freezing drizzle recorded earlier in the week.

At the end of November, he counted 723 millimetres. After the storm, we sit at 751 total -- only 12 mm away from the record of 763. He says the record dates back to 2000, but if we break it, it will be the highest amount in more than five decades. 

Although Romance is reluctant to predict future weather, he says breaking the record is "very possible".