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Chicago Blizzard of 1967
Category 5 "Extreme" (RSI: 18.13)
Snow to height of front yard fence, covering sidewalk and parkway trees
Sidewalks filled with snow
Type Blizzard with thunderstorms
Formed January 26, 1967 (1967-01-26)
Duration 29 hours
Dissipated January 27, 1967 (1967-01-27)
Lowest pressure 997 mb (29.44 inHg)
Lowest temperature 15 to 20 °F (−9.44 to −6.67 °C) January 26–27, 1967
Tornadoes confirmed Funnel clouds sighted
Highest winds
  • 53 miles per hour (85.3 km/h; 46.1 kn)
Maximum snowfall or ice accretion 23 inches (58 cm)
Damage $150 million (1967 dollars); all transportation stopped
Areas affected Northeastern Illinois and Northwestern Indiana
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People stranded with their cars in Chicago Blizzard of 1967

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.

As of 2017, it remains the greatest snowfall in one storm in Chicago history.

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."

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