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The Weekend Snowstorm Was One Of Chicago's Worst November Storms Ever

By Kate Shepherd in News on Nov 23, 2015 4:34PM

It was a brutal weekend full of snow, ice and below freezing temperatures. The first winter storm of the season surprised many Chicagoans and left more than 10 inches of snow in some suburban areas.

The snowfall was officially 11.2 inches, making it the snowiest November storm in Chicago since 1895, according to the National Weather Service. A 12-inch snowfall was recorded from Nov. 25 to 26, 1895.

It has been a bizarre month for weather. Even though it's been one of the warmest Novembers on record, it's now officially the fourth snowiest November. Saturday tied for the third snowiest November day on record with seven inches falling.

The bad weather didn't stop people attending the opening weekend of the Christkindlmarket or the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. A lot of snow fell downtown but very little stuck to the ground.

But drivers were warned about "sharply reduced visibility" on the roads, especially farther away from the lake, and were told the drive cautiously, according to the Tribune.

About 200 people slept outside on Cricket Hill in Uptown to experience what it's like to be homeless during a Chicago snowstorm. It was part of the "Out in the Open Sleep Out" which raised money for the city's about 22,000 young homeless people, according to DNAinfo.