Chicago Blizzard of 2011

Snoman, Yvonne, and George

One of Chicago's biggest snowstorms began on Tuesday, 1 February. We had about three inches of snow early Tuesday morning. George skied almost two miles to a Rotary club breakfast meeting at the Hilton, and walked a few additional blocks to work. By early afternoon, most businesses began shutting down. A blizzard warning began at 3:00 p.m. By the time George skied home in mid-afternoon, winds were becoming pretty strong. Skiing in a few inches of snow on sidewalks was great, especially heading west on Lincoln Street with a strong tailwind. The storm intensified Tuesday evening. The blizzard warning extended into Wednesday afternoon. Chicago's Lake Shore Drive closed with hundreds of motorists abandoning cars that were stuck in heavy snow or had run out of gas. On Wednesday, the Chicago Public Schools closed, most flights at both airports were cancelled, and even five commuter rail lines shut down. Almost two feet of snow fell and wind guests over 60 miles per hour were reported.

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A Wonderful Day in Our Neighborhood

The pictures below were taken beginning about 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning in Evanston. We spent about an hour and a half walking and skiing around the neighborhood. Most people were home since it was almost impossible to drive a car on the side streets. Although the main streets were clear, there was almost no traffic. It was a great day to be out and about on foot.

  • George used his widest pair of skis for the deep snow, 30 year old skis with a length of 215 cm.
  • Yvonne decided to use hiking boots for the deep snow
  • No traffic on Jenks Street this morning!
  • George skiing south on Eastwood Avenue
  • George on Chancellor Street with Ryan Field (Northwestern University’s stadium) in the background
  • Yvonne in deep snow at the corner of Chancellor and Eastwood
  • Yvonne on Eastwood Avenue, south of Central Street
  • George on Lincoln Street west of Chandler Park
  • Yvonne at the entrance to Chandler Park