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02/20/2013 05:45 pm ET Updated Feb 20, 2013

Chicago Snowstorm Coming? Largest Snowfall Of Season So Far Possible This Week

Good news for Chicagoans who've missed snow during this unusually dry winter: the city may get hit by its most significant amount of snowfall so far this year beginning Thursday evening.

According to AccuWeather, a storm system bringing heavy snowfall to the central Plains is expected to arrive in northern Illinois and the Chicago area Thursday evening -- and, though weakened, could still bring at least three inches of the white stuff, potentially surpassing this winter's paltry one-day snow record of 2.4 inches, set on Feb. 4.

Other forecasts are predicting even more snowfall in Chicago late Thursday into Friday. CBS Chicago reports that, according to the National Weather Service, the system could bring as much as four or five inches of snow. Another forecast model is indicating that 5.5 inches could fall at O'Hare International Airport, according to the Chicago Tribune.

This winter has been an unusually snowless one. With only 10.9 inches of snowfall, the city's total is only 40 percent a normal rate. The city hasn't made it this far into winter without at least one one-day snowfall of at least three inches in nearly three decades, the Tribune reports.

Beyond the 20 percent chance of snow Friday, CBS reports that the weekend is expected to remain snowless.

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