On January 12th 1979 a winter storm hit Chicago. By the end of the weekend 20 inches of snow had accumulated. School was out for an entire week. Toward the end of the week kids started playing in the streets with the snow. All transportation was shut down for nearly a whole week. After the blizzard it was dangerous to walk or drive, if your car wasn't completely buried in the snow. It was very icy and slippery. The roofs of some homes caved in because of the weight of the snow. It took around two weeks after the blizzard for everything to get back to normal. The melting snow and ice caused some flooding in low-level areas, but the cars, streets and sidewalks are visible again.