This winter has to be among the worst in my memory when it comes to zero temps and snowfall amounts.
In Chicago they refer to the blizzard of ’67 as “The Big Snow”. It was a widespread storm that dropped 26” (a record that still stands) and crippled the city. I was an 8th grade student at a Catholic elementary school during that event and the schools were closed for two weeks.
Last night here in Valpo we had 18” of lake effect snow overnight and today 3” more fell for a total of 21”. It started out blowing and when I retired for the night there looked to be about 6” or so, depending on the drifting. When I awoke things had changed. The front end of my snow blower is 18” tall and the snow was higher than the opening. It took three hours to clear the driveway.
During a lake effect snow a narrow band about twenty miles wide comes off the lake driven by cold north winds. It can cause zero visibilities and snowfall of up to 3” per hour. To the east or west there may be no snow at all. Freaky.
This weekend temperatures are predicted to be near 50 degrees. The real mess is sure to follow.