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Cold continues, weekend snowstorm possible

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The National Weather Service canceled the city's wind chill advisory three hours early Thursday morning, but there's no end in sight to the brutal winter weather — a snowy weekend is quickly approaching.

The average temperature for this time of year is 39 or 40 degrees, but the high Thursday is only expected to reach around 8 degrees, according to the weather service.

"The next 7 to 10 days we're going to remain significantly below normal," said meteorologist Mark Ratzer, of the National Weather Service office in Romeoville.

"Friday and Saturday will probably be our warmest days when we get above 20" degrees for a high temperature, he said.

The snow is expected to arrive Friday and drop up to an inch of snow on the Chicago area, forecasters predict. Saturday night will see some "light accumulations" between one and four inches.

According to the weather service, it's to soon to predict the track of Sunday's storm, but heavy snow is possible "somewhere in the region," most likely south of Chicago.

So far, this winter season's average temperature of 19.1 degrees places it as the fifth-coldest since records began in 1871, according to the weather service.

The frigid end to the week will likely push the average temperature to at least 19 degrees, which would bump it into the top three coldest on record, the weather service said.

Forecasters define meteorological winter as December through February, and use the average temperatures at O'Hare Airport to determine rankings.

The coldest winter on record, from 1903 to 1904, registered a bone-chilling average temperature of just 18.3 degrees, according to the weather service.

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