A gentle dusting of snow began falling on Regina Thursday afternoon, perhaps enough to establish a new record for a winter season in the city.

People in the city were keeping close watch on the skies when it was learned that Regina was just 2.5 centimetres away from setting a new record.

Prior to Thursday, the record snowfall — set in the winter of 1955-1956 — was 165.7 centimetres, as noted by sensors maintained by Environment Canada.

Snow began falling Thursday afternoon, but it was a light snowfall and was off and on.

Officials with Environment Canada said they would have to check their recording devices, at the end of the day, to determine if they could declare the record officially broken.

With files from CBC's Dean Gutheil