CHICAGO, IL (WLOX) - Hello from snowy Chicago. I'm sitting at my sister's, about to leave for O'Hare International Airport. My flight back to Gulfport (through Atlanta) departs at 12:56. The question is whether it will take off. Just my luck, a blizzard is forecast to hit this area tonight. Flights are already being canceled. So far, my departure is on schedule.
Don't worry. I'm getting to the airport early. Maybe a seat will open up on an earlier flight, and I can escape Mother Nature's wrath before she blankets the Midwest with snow drifts. I'm sure I'm the only passenger who's come up with this plan.
Watching this blizzard move toward Chicago is a lot like watching South Mississippi prepare for a hurricane. Days before the storm got here, TV news teams in the nation's second largest market were at stores, reporting on people stocking up on food, or purchasing much needed snow removal items.
The city's emergency management teams held a news conference Monday, and alerted people to what would be open, and what would be closed. At the bottom of the screen, I'm watching crawls spell out which schools are closed, which ones are closing early, and which ones will remain open.
Am I watching the ABC affiliate in Chicago (WLS) or am I watching my colleagues at WLOX? If you dropped the word blizzard and replaced it with hurricane, I'd swear I was watching the news for South Mississippi.
They're predicting this storm will dump as much as two feet of snow on parts of Chicago. And to put that in perspective, the weathercasters are all showing graphics that remind people of the top five blizzards of all time. The record snowstorm around here was in 1967. On that day, 26.1" of snow fell.
I vaguely remember that storm. But not because of the white out it created. It was the night my family's apartment building burned down. Yes, during the worst snowstorm in Chicago history, I was probably thinking, "You're absolutely not going to believe what you're about to see." I was only 14 months old, so I'm sure I didn't say that memorable statement back then. But I guarantee you I thought it.
My mom was going to ride to the airport with us. But her doctor's appointment just got moved up. The doctor wants to close his office early, so his staff can get home before the worst of the blizzard gets here.
Oh well. If I get trapped in Chicago (not a bad place to be trapped might I add), I'll let you know.
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