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Snow? Who knows? But the cold is a fact

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  • Nicole Mikos of West Dundee battles the wind and cold at the Arboretum in South Barrington.

       Nicole Mikos of West Dundee battles the wind and cold at the Arboretum in South Barrington.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
 

Some of us are just trying to get through today's cold. Others are preparing for another round of massive snow this weekend.

Wait ... what? Snow? Who says we're going to get another round of snow dumped on us?

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It depends who you believe. If your friends on Facebook were expert meteorologists, you'd would think the second snowmaggedon is coming. Posts were filling the social network with dire warnings of snow this weekend ranging from 10 inches to 20 inches while some experts are saying we can expect just a dusting.

Meanwhile, the Weather Channel was predicting a "few snow showers" this weekend.

AccuWeather says we should expect a few flurries throughout the weekend without much accumulation.

Chicago's best-known meteorologist Tom Skilling isn't giving any firm snow numbers but does say there may be a "more significant snowfall Saturday night and Sunday."

But ABC's Tracy Butler warns that we could see close to 2 inches of snow overnight Friday and into Saturday morning, plus 3.2 inches Saturday night and then another storm hitting Sunday that could bring 5 to 9 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service is also predicting snow this weekend.

Or, you could rely on that silly groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, who predicted a longer winter.

The one thing everyone agrees on is that it's bone-chilling, dangerously cold. About 26 degrees below normal. We're currently suffering through the fifth coldest winter in Chicago's history and the fifth snowiest, says Andy Avalos of NBC5 Chicago.

The temperature at O'Hare International Airport has dropped below zero 22 times so far this winter. The record is 25 days below zero set 129 years ago.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory from tonight until noon Thursday. Winds are expected to gust up to 20 to 30 mph causing wind chill values of 20 to 30 degrees below zero.

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