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Chicago Snowfall: City Could See An Inch Of Snow For First Time In 335 Days

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A commuter bundles up against extreme cold conditions Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Chicago. Temperatures in the area were hovering around zero with sub-zero wind chill reading hitting 10 below. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
A commuter bundles up against extreme cold conditions Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Chicago. Temperatures in the area were hovering around zero with sub-zero wind chill reading hitting 10 below. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

While parts of Chicago near or adjacent to Lake Michigan saw bursts of lake-effect snowfall Thursday, the city has so far continued its historic streak of days without an inch or more of snowfall -- but that could all change by Friday, or possibly later Thursday.

According to WGN meteorologist-extraordinaire Tom Skilling's forecast, the largely-snowless season's heaviest snowfall yet could fall Thursday evening into Friday when an Alberta Clipper approaches the Chicago area from the northwest. The system is expected to bringing with it a broader system of light snow accumulating in the range of 1 and 2 inches.

Such snow, while far surpassing the 0.4 inch single-day snowfall high of the season, is still paltry compared to snowfall in northwest Indiana that created near-whiteout conditions that made for hazardous driving on Thursday. All told, between one and six inches of snow fell overnight Thursday in northwest Indiana.

Earlier this month, on Jan. 8, Chicago marked the longest stretch of consecutive days -- 319 -- it had gone without at least one inch of snowfall during one calendar day of any year on the books. And that record has continued to hold amid weather that has varied wildly from a nearly record-breaking high verging on 60 degrees to sub-zero wind chills and single-digit temperatures this week.

By HuffPost's count, Thursday would mark the 335th day Chicago has gone without at least an inch of snowfall in one day.

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