CHICAGO (CBS) — The snow-less streak is about to end for the Chicago area.

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Thursday for the far western portions of Chicagoland, including DeKalb and McHenry counties.

Up to six inches of snow, plus powerful wind gusts, are possible for those areas west and north of Chicago.

The storm is expected to start as rain and switch to snow on Thursday afternoon closer to the city. About two inches of snow, or less, is possible in the city.

Right now the heaviest part of the storm is expected to slide from north to south and west of Chicago.

Wind gusts are expected to reach 40 to 50 miles per hour and temperatures begin to drop on Thursday.

After the storm moves past, temperatures with the colder on Friday, with highs only in the 20s.

The snow would be the latest measurable snow ever for Chicago. The previous record was Dec. 16, 1965. Chicago has also set a record for consecutive days without snow.