Snow brings tragedy to Chicago
After being out for my team's Christmas lunch today I have finally got home a touch before midnight - it's been a long day. The snow here in the last 24 hours has been phenomenal with a projected months snow falling in a 10-hour period.
I remember my first winter two years ago and being stunned by the amount of snow here but these last couple of days have been the most dramatic I have seen. After living in London all of my life I still love the sight of snow. Last night, despite the freezing and treacherous conditions, there was still something fairytale and romantic about it as I traipsed home late, well before the diggers and gritters were out, in 7 inches of fresh snow. Let me tell you, I was dying for a snowball fight.
The weather men are saying that between 4pm and 10 pm last night the snow was falling between 1 and 2 inches an hour and with cabs a scarce commodity walking around downtown last night and today has been fookin' cold and it plays havoc on your shoes!
The real sad news
late yesterday was the story of a Southwest Airlines
plane coming of the runway,
whilst landing at Midway airport in thick snow and crashing through the steel barriers onto a busy Central Avenue that runs alongside the City's second airport. If you were a passenger on that plane you would be right to fear for your life as it bumped and crashed to a halt.
However all 90 people on board survived the crash but a 6-year old boy sitting in the back of his parents car singing a Christmas song on the radio was killed instantly when the 737 ploughed straight into the side of his parents car. They survived but their son, anticipating probably the most exciting few weeks of his short life didn't.