Chicago Blizzard of 1967: Snow storm coverage, video

by | Jan 31, 2011 | 0 comments

While waiting for Racine to be buried by the Blizzard of 2011, many of us here in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois are recalling the great Chicago Blizzard of 1967. That storm — on January 26, 1967 — dumped 23 inches of snow on northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana, particularly in Chicago’s south suburbs.

Above is a YouTube playlist of four videos presenting local radio broadcasts (on WCGO and WTAS in Chicago Heights) from the aftermath of the big Chicago Blizzard, along with photos from those days.

This clip, courtesy of The Museum of Classic Chicago Television, samples the marathon blizzard coverage of WFLD Chicago, Channel 32 on its Newscope broadcast, anchored by Patrick Muldowney and featuring Harlan Draeger of the Chicago Daily News and Richard Foster of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Here’s another video recounting that 1967 snowstorm, taken from a WTTW presentation. Chicago weather in January often includes at least one good snowfall and a few below-zero days, but the the astonishment in the voices of these Chicagoans singles 1967 out as one impressive event.

This three-minute clip features home movie footage shot by Al Quiroz on Chicago’s South Side, in the Pullman neighborhood at 113th Street and Forrestville Avenue.

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