1967 Chicago blizzard

snowstorm in the Midwest U.S

The Chicago blizzard of 1967 struck northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana on January 26–27, 1967, with a record-setting 23 inches (58 cm) snow fall in Chicago and its suburbs before the storm abated the next morning.

Chicago Blizzard of 1967
Category 5 "Extreme" (RSI/NOAA: 18.13)
Snow to height of front yard fence, covering sidewalk and parkway trees
Sidewalks filled with snow
TypeBlizzard with thunderstorms
FormedJanuary 26, 1967 (1967-01-26)
Duration29 hours
DissipatedJanuary 27, 1967 (1967-01-27)
Highest winds
  • 53 miles per hour (85.3 km/h; 46.1 kn)
Lowest pressure997 mb (29.44 inHg)
Lowest temperature15 to 20 °F (−9.44 to −6.67 °C) January 26–27, 1967
Funnel clouds sighted
Maximum snowfall
or ice accretion
23 inches (58 cm)
Casualties26 deaths in Chicago, 60 in region
Damage$150 million (1967 dollars); all transportation stopped
Areas affectedNortheastern Illinois and Northwestern Indiana
People stranded with their cars in Chicago Blizzard of 1967

As of 2017, it remains the greatest snowfall in one storm in Chicago history.[1][2]

As the blizzard was a surprise during the day with people already at work or school, it stopped the city for a few days as people dug out. "The storm was a full-blown blizzard, with 50 mph-plus northeast wind gusts creating drifts as high as 15 feet."[1]

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 Skilling, Tom (January 15, 2017). "How many consecutive hours did it snow during the Big Snow of 1967?? Wasn't it mild and stormy before the snow?". WGN TV. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  2. Moreno, Nerelda (January 25, 2017). "Looking back on the Blizzard of 1967". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 25 January 2017.