Throwback Thursday to the Blizzards of 1967, 1978 and 2009

Illinois — 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 noted in 2016 and 2017, it was the single greatest snowfall in one storm in Chicago history.[1][2][3] 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.”

Chicago Blizzards

Story of the 1967 Chicago Blizzard, and the 1979 Snow storm that helped usher in Jane Byrne as mayor.


Freeport, IL, 12 inches of snow, Dec. 9, 2009

Dealing with 12 inches of snow.


Blizzard of 78

The Blizzard of ’78 was a catastrophic, historic snowstorm to hit New England on February 6-7th, 1978.



Blizzard of 78 – Harvard Square, Cambridge; Boston



Aftermath on Route 128. Cars stuck in snow on highway. National Guard rescue efforts.





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