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article imageSnow day: Third largest Chicago blizzard halts school, business Special

By Vincent Sobotka     Feb 2, 2011 in Environment
Chicago - What started Tuesday as a heavy snow fall turned into an overwhelming blizzard in the Chicago-land area today, February 2, 2011.
Tuesday's evening preview of the weather to come. As the beginning of the dangerous weather being referred to as the Chicago Blizzard of '11 gave plenty of notice to Chicago-land establishments as many students and employees were informed ahead of time of their dismissal from duties for the following day. Today, as plows struggle to clear main roadways due to drifting snow from high winds, much of the same was reported as many neighborhoods have yet to see relief.
One suburban woman whose employer issued an early release due to inclement weather Tuesday afternoon described the conditions just a couple of hours into the storm, "It took me a half-hour to get out of the parking lot yesterday since everyone left at (4:00 p.m.)" She continued to describe this morning's conditions at her suburban apartment complex, "My car is buried in the parking lot. At least the front half." Several other cars experienced the same fate. She even joked about letting her dog, which weighs nearly 100-pounds, out during the blizzard, "(My dog) turned white with black dots for eyes."
When asked how she was notified of her employer's closure today, she said "They have a hotline (employees) can call." In spite of the plunging sub-zero temperatures expected for tonight and the powerful winds, with regard to present notifications from the fore-mentioned hotline, she stated, "Tomorrow we will resume normal business hours."
Despite warnings from local officials for residents to stay home as much as possible, many travelers required rescue as their cars were stranded on Interstate highways for hours. Hopefully taking a less-traveled route would be unimaginable for any commuters.
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