Winter Storm Ranks in Top Five Worst for Chicago, Detroit

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh
AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

The winter storm that swept from Kansas eastward, starting on Sunday morning, has become one for the record books, ranking among the top five worst storms in some cities.

Calling it “Winter Storm Linus,” weather watchers have reported that the storm dumped over ten inches of snow, coating areas from Kansas to Michigan, and worse in the cities of Chicago and Detroit.

Chicago experienced just over 19 inches snow with Detroit recording nearly 17 inches. Downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan, reported 20 inches.

Linus was the third-worst storm in Detroit’s records while Chicago’s snow total ranked as its fifth-worst on record. For Chicago, three of the top five worst storms have occurred in the last 16 years alone.

The storm wreaked havoc in Chicago, snarling traffic and causing widespread power outages with 2,400 customers without power late into Monday evening. Some 51,000 customers were without power earlier in the day.

Monday also saw the closure of the Chicago Public School System, leaving its 400,000 students home due to the weather.

Detroit’s students also had a snow day as Monday morning dawned on a city buried in 16.7 inches of snow.

The snow also caused frustration for thousands of travelers as more than 4,560 flights were canceled by the second storm in a week to discomfit the airline industry.

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