The Big Snow

The day it didn’t stop coming down in Chicago.

Chicago is just the type of city that expects snow every now and again, and even wind. The winter morning of Jan. 26, 1967, started as per usual. Snow was falling, people dressed for work and for school, and off they went. By later that afternoon, though, it became apparent this was no ordinary snowstorm. Many workers and schoolchildren who tried to get home found themselves stranded on buses and in cars. Both airports closed, with 10-foot snowdrifts covering the runway at Midway International Airport. In the end, 23 inches of snow fell within about a 29-hour period. Fifty thousand automobiles were abandoned on streets and expressways. But the one event that many remember happened two days before. The temperature was 65 degrees.

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