Friday, January 27, 2017

Chicago's Blizzard of '67-- Part 2: 23 Inches in 29 Hours

The first flakes of snow started falling at 5:02 a.m., on Thursday, January 26, 1967.  And, they continued and got heavier.  It didn't stop until 10:10 a.m., Friday January 27 (fifty years ago today).  Over the course of 29 hours, 23 inches of snow had fallen.

The previous record snowfall for Chicago was 19.2 inches on March 25 and 26, 1930, according to the National Weather service.

Chicago and its suburbs were at a standstill.  An estimated 50,000 cars had simply been abandoned downtown as well as 800 CTA buses.

Further compounding the problem were high winds, gusting up to 50 mph.  The drifts were something else.  Kids would jump off second floor balconies into the snow drifts which nearly reached that height.  And. my family and I lived in Palatine, Illinois, in Chicago's Northwest suburbs.  We were hit as well.

That Was SOME Snow.  --DaCoot

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