Severe snowstorms are relatively frequent in Chicago compared to Miami, but infrequent compared to Buffalo and other points east. Chicago's snowstorm of the century occurred in the winter of 1967. After unseasonably warm temperatures, snow started falling at 5:02 a.m. Thursday January 26. Snow continued to fall through Friday morning for a total accumulation of 23 inches, with drifts to 6 feet.
Cold weather and periodic snowfalls over the next 10 days created more havoc. Although trains continued to run, cars, buses and planes didn't. Almost all schools, offices and other work places were closed for several days. Commuters unable to reach home spent several nights camped out in downtown hotels, O'Hare International Airport and stranded cars. The Department of Streets and Sanitation, which is responsible for plowing streets, estimated that 75 million tons of snow fell on Chicago. Some of it was sent south in empty railcars as a present to Florida children who had never seen snow before.
Large numbers of fatalities are relatively uncommon in winter storms, but 60 deaths were attributed to the storm--mostly heart attacks from shoveling snow. 273 looters were arrested. One young girl was killed while police were shooting at looters.
....Stop the 'shock and awe', nothing compares to 1967 in Chicago (except for 1979 which I believe led to the political downfall of the incumbent mayor). Yes, I did have to shovel in 1967 and 1979 in Chicago.