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CHICAGO — Forty-eight years ago on this date, the Chicago area was hit by the biggest snowstorm on record. It started early in the morning of Jan. 26, 1967, and by the time the snow stopped the following day, a record 23 inches had fallen.

Thousands of people were stranded in offices and schools. About 50,000 abandoned cars and 800 CTA buses were stuck on streets and expressways.  And days later, food supplies — mainly bread and milk — were still hard to find in many stores.

During Monday’s Midday News, Tom Skilling talked with Steve Sanders and Dina Bair about the storm, saying storm prediction has come such a long way. A storm that size would never be missed with today’s technology.

Skilling also added that in 1967 he was a paper boy in the western suburbs and that he remembered delivering papers in that storm.

“The rest of the winter, any time the wind blew it would redistribute the snow as if we’d had another blizzard!” he said.

Click here to read Tom Skilling’s blog post about the Blizzard of ’67.