Remembering the Chicago Blizzard of 1999

January 4, 2013; 5:40 AM ET
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Remembering the Chicago Blizzard of 1999

Between Jan. 2 and 4, 1999, a massive blizzard impacted the Midwest. It is the second-worst blizzard to hit Chicago in the 20th century, behind the Blizzard of 1967.

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Weather History: Chicago Blizzard of 1999Brightcove
Between Jan. 2 and 4, 1999, a massive blizzard impacted the Midwest. It is the second-worst blizzard to hit Chicago in the 20th century, behind the Blizzard of 1967.
From NOAA:
"Soon after the snow ended, record low temperatures occurred with values of -20 degrees or lower in parts of Illinois and surrounding stateson January 3 and 4. The areas with the heaviest snows, 15 inches or more, included Illinois (centraland north), Wisconsin (southern), Indiana (central and north), Michigan (southern), and Ohio(northern). Estimates of losses and recovery costs are between $0.3 and $0.4 billion with 73 dead as aresult of the storm. The governor of Illinois declared the entire state a disaster area on January 4,and on January 20, President Clinton declared 45 Illinois counties disaster areas (half the state) andsubject to receiving federal relief. Areas of Indiana were also declared disaster areas. Any such large-scale record winter storm creates numerous serious impacts on human life andproperty. Many of the worst impacts were associated with the storm's effects on transportation.Every form of Midwestern transportation was either halted and delayed by 2 to 4 days, or greatlyslowed, and transportation problems were the source of many accidents and deaths. Auto andtrain-related deaths totaled 39 with 5 more dead due to snowmobile accidents."
NCDC: Midwest Blizzard of 1999- ImpactsImpacts of the new years 1999 blizzard in the midwest.
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