Photos: 5 Years Ago, Chicago Endured A Giant Blizzard (And Thundersnow)

By Mae Rice in News on Feb 1, 2016 9:09PM


You don’t think you do, but you remember this blizzard. Revisit it in the photos above. This was the blizzard some people called “Snowpocalypse”—or, if you’d rather, the blizzard that brought us thundersnow.

In this clip, you can watch the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore flip out about thundersnow, exclaiming, “Oh Jesus! Listen to that! Son of a… That’s unbelievable!” He is, fittingly, interviewing someone wearing literal ski goggles.

All told, more than 20 inches of snow fell in some parts of the city that fateful February 1st of 2011, according to the Tribune. Chicagoans struggled with road closures, power outages, and finding snow boots tall enough to go anywhere in. Ultimately, it was the third worst snowstorm in Chicago's recorded history, according to the National Weather Service.

As one Imgur user noted Monday, in the caption for a photo of cars snowed in seemingly up to their roofs, this might never happen again. Presumably, they’re alluding to global warming, and they might be right. We’re at least very unlikely to get Snowpocalypse sequel this year, due to this winter’s “Godzilla El NiƱo.”