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Chicago Hunkers Under Nearly Twenty Inches of Snow

A massive snowstorm covered a 2,000 mile long stretch of the nation on Wednesday, hitting hardest in the Midwest. Flights are grounded throughout the region, a Tulsa, Okla. newspaper canceled printing for the next two days, and Missouri’s Interstate 70, closed for the first time ever.

Chicago, a city well-accustomed to snow management, has closed schools for the first time in twelve years. It also closed its famous Lake Shore Drive after almost 20 inches of snow.

Here is some of what Chicago Public Radio is doing to cover the snow-covered city.

Listen to an interview with a Chicago historian about the blizzards of 1967 and 1979, and how they affected local politics.

View a slide show of blizzard photos Chicago Public Radio solicited via Flickr for their City Room Blog.

Chicago Public Radio also collected footage from the city’s 1967 and 1979 blizzards. View more here.

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