For Naperville residents, things could start to look a lot like winter this week.
A strong snow strom, expected to arrive Thursday, may put an end to the Chicago area's record-breaking snowless streak.
The National Weather Service in Romeoville has announced a winter storm warning, cautioning Naperville-area residents that a "powerful winter storm will move from the southern plains Wednesday to near Chicago Thursday morning and then across the eastern Great Lakes Friday morning."
Several inches of snow could accumulate along with strong winds, developing Wednesday night through Thursday morning. Winds are expected to become stronger Thursday afternoon, reaching gusts of 45 to 50 MPH or more.
"These strong winds combined with the falling snow may produce near white-out conditions," according to the National Weather Service.
It's not clear how much snow Naperville could see, but the city will miss the brunt of the storm as the heaviest snowfall is expected for northwest and north central Illinois and Wisconsin.
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