What Happened in the Chicago Blizard of 1967?


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The National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office cites the Chicago snowstorm of 1967 as the worst snowstorm in the city's history. CBS Chicago notes that this storm left 23 inches of snow in the city between Jan. 26 and 27.

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What Happened in the Chicago Blizard of 1967?
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In a report looking back at the 1967 blizzard as one of the worst three in the city's history, CBS Chicago recalls that the temperature had hit a record 65 degrees only two days before with a forecast calling only for a modest amount of snow on the day of the storm. When the blizzard started in the early hours of the morning of Jan. 26, it left snow at a rate of 2 inches per hour. Some areas accumulated 6 feet of snow and experienced winds of 53 miles per hour. Not only did many people have to abandon their cars, trucks and city buses, but many of them also had to spend the night in hospitals, hotels and fire stations. CBS Chicago also reports that the storm caused 60 deaths, many of them a result of people having heart attacks while attempting to shovel the snow. Furthermore, the authorities arrested nearly 300 looters, and the police shot and killed a young girl during one of these incidents.

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