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It's Over: After Nearly a Year Without Snow, City Finally Gets an Inch

By Alisa Hauser | January 25, 2013 7:02am | Updated on January 25, 2013 12:52pm

CHICAGO — The city's nearly 11-month streak without an inch of snowfall is over.

The cold, snowy morning that clogged Chicago's expressways and roads ended with 1.1 inches of snowfall at O'Hare Airport by 10:30 a.m. Friday, meteorologist Amy Seeley of the National Weather Service said

Though paltry when compared with past winters, that number was enough to end a 335-day streak without an inch of snowfall.

Snowfall in December was light, but this week the city has been hit with frigid temperatures, the coldest of the season.

Friday's snowfall was met with mixed reactions. 

Chadwick Christian, 30, an artist from Humboldt Park was standing at the snow-dusted Damen Blue Line station about 9:30 a.m.

"I'd take snow over the cold," said Christian, adding that he did not have to shovel and was being "careful with my foot placements."

But drivers faced some snow obstacles.

Accidents popped up throughout the city. State Police reported a nine-car crash on the Kennedy Expy. shortly after 6 a.m. On some roads, travel times from the suburbs to downtown swelled to over an hour.

The city dispatched 199 snow plows to salt and clear snow on main arterial streets before tackling side streets.