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'Big Snow' Coming to Wheaton?

Considering we haven't had much snow at all, any amount could seem "big."

By Karen Chadra, Elmhurst Patch

The Chicago area could see its "biggest snow of the year" Thursday into Friday morning, according to Accuweather.com

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory in DuPage County from 9 p.m. Thursday to 6 p.m. Friday.

So far, we've received little more than a dusting, so is the "biggest snow of the year" going to be something on which we can sled?

Snow is expected to develop Thursday evening and continue into Friday, the NWS said Wednesday afternoon. The snow may mix with light freezing drizzle or rain Friday morning, making for slick travel. Storm total snowfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches are expected, with ice accumulation of less than one-tenth of an inch.

The storm has the "potential to bring 3 inches or a bit more" to the area, but combined with another snow during the first part of next week, we might see a legit amount of Chicago winter white.

It still won't bring us up to even the totals of last year—not an epic snow year by any standards—when we had more than 15 inches by mid-February, Accuweather says.

Wednesday's sunny skies will give way to clouds by Thursday morning, with temperatures steadily rising to nearly 30 degrees by Thursday afternoon. The snow is expected to start falling in earnest around 7 p.m., according to weather.com, and continue until about 4 a.m. Friday.

After the snow, the following five days look like this:

Friday: Daytime high 34 degrees, overnight low 23
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, high 29, low 17
Sunday: Partly cloudy, high 33, low 26
Monday: Mostly cloudy, high 36, low 29
Tuesday: 40 percent chance of snow, high 37, low 29

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