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Where Did the Snow Go From Wednesday's 'Blizzard'? Indiana Got It

By Kelly Bauer | February 25, 2016 10:19am
 A man shovels snow Wednesday during a blizzard.
A man shovels snow Wednesday during a blizzard.
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CHICAGO — Parts of Chicago were supposed to get a foot of snow on Wednesday. So ... what happened?

The city hunkered down for a blizzard, flights were canceled and the CTA and Metra talked about how they were prepared for the weather.

And then Chicago got — officially — 1.7 inches of snow, said AccuWeather meteorologist Tom Kines.

The bulk of the snowstorm hit the city's southeast neighborhoods or landed in northwest Indiana, as meteorologists predicted it would. (And there are areas that did get a foot of snow, Kines said.)

"As you [go] south on Lake Shore, there's certainly more snow," Kines said. "As you go south in the city, there is definitely more snow."

Indiana was simply closer to the storm and was colder than Chicago, so it got more snow than the northwestern parts of the city, Kines said. There was also more precipitation in the southeastern parts of the city and the border with Indiana, and the cold temperatures turned that into snow, Kines said.

Now for the even better news: Chicago's weather this weekend is supposed to be especially warm and sunny, meteorologists say, with temps climbing as high as 60 degrees on Sunday.