Chicagoans woke up Tuesday morning to what was supposed to be the biggest snowstorm the region has seen in two years — with up to 8 inches of snow predicted in many areas.
There was about half that as dawn broke Tuesday at O’Hare International Airport. But by the afternoon, 5.8 inches of snow had been recorded at the airport. That makes it the largest snowfall in Chicago since April 14, 2019, when 5.4 inches fell, according to the National Weather Service.
Even though snowfall tallies didn’t reach 8 inches, residents still had plenty to say about it on Twitter.
Like this Chicagoan, who was still annoyed by the snow — no matter the amount.
Or this one, who was stressed before going to bed last night, but was pleasantly surprised when he woke up.
When you go to bed fearing the worst after forecasts of the worst snowstorm in Chicago in 2 years and you wake up to find a peaceful 3 inches fell overnight isn't the worst way to start a Tuesday. I am sending this into the @calm app for future consideration.— Jeff Arnold (@JeffArnold_) January 26, 2021
ProPublica reporter Mick Dumke cheekily pointed out that a snowstorm almost always means working from home, something that’s lost its luster amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Of course, some don’t have the option to work from home and still had to physically be present at their jobs, whether they liked it or not.
Speaking of being on the job during a snowstorm in Chicago, Block Club Chicago photographer Colin Boyle was trying to capture a video of the snow, when a rat scurried across the frame.
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi pointed out that remote classes have taken away the coveted snow days Chicago students look forward to every winter. Way to rub it in, Congressman.
And is it really a Chicago winter if, while we brace for a snowstorm, we don’t have to listen to our friends who live in warmer climates complain about what they consider to be cold weather?
Or sigh as those who recently arrived from even further north seem to enjoy Chicago winters. Like WBEZ reporter Sasha Simons, who is originally from Toronto.
Since Chicago reopened bars and restaurants over the weekend for the first time in months, one resident seemed to think there was some divine intervention involved with the timing of the storm.