1967 Chicago blizzard facts for kids
|Category 5 "Extreme" (RSI: 18.13)|
Sidewalks filled with snow
|Type||Blizzard with thunderstorms|
|Formed||January 26, 1967|
|Dissipated||January 27, 1967|
|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|
|Maximum snowfall or ice accretion||23 inches (58 cm)|
|Damage||$150 million (1967 dollars); all transportation stopped|
|Areas affected||Northeastern Illinois and Northwestern Indiana|
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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1967 Chicago blizzard Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.