Chicago Blizzard 2011 Shuts Down The City

February 2nd, 2011 - 3:49 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
bcFeb 2, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The citizens of Chicago were bracing up for the biggest blizzard in a decade and the colossal storm hit the city on Tuesday. Some media outlets calls it “Snowmaggedon” and the Mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley called it a storm of “historic magnitude”. A massive windstorm stretching from New Mexico to Maine hit many states of United States with snow, freezing rain and high winds on Tuesday. The snowstorm started at about 3 pm and it fell at 1 to 2 inches per hour. The Weather pundits are of the opinion that the storm might affect one third of U. S. population and at the same time and it might destroy the grain and other livestock movement of the respective states.

The National Weather Service officials have asked people to stay indoor to avoid accidents and at the same time they said that the blinding snow and strong winds would make the journey somewhat impossible for the people. The officials of the National Weather Service has called it a life “threatening storm”. The Weather Service has issued storm watches and at the same time advisories and warnings have been issued in 30 states and eight other cities. There will be heavy and moderate snowfall of 8 to 15 inches in northern and central Midwest. However, the local forecasters are of the opinion that in Chicago, the snow accumulation would be about 2 feet.

Although The National Weather Service has reported that the blizzard might end on Wednesday, the temperature would be below freeing point. Mike Palmerino, a forecaster of a reputed media network said that this blizzard is the largest natural calamity. He also said that both local transport and flights have received a major set back for the blizzard.

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