Local history: Two wintry blasts from the past

Local history: Two wintry blasts from the past

In 1912, Miss Daisy Walker, who teaches at the Bubank School near Ludlow, had an experience in Wednesday’s snowstorm that she will long remember. The weather showing no abatement, she released her pupils at 11 a.m. and started afoot for her home in Ludlow. She was accompanied by the young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Yankee, who live on the road between the school and the village. As they proceeded, the drifts became deeper and deeper and the girl was unable to walk. Miss Walker bravely picked her up and carried her through drifts 4 to 5 feet deep. She finally reached the Yankee farm exhausted. She is at present confined to her bed.

In 1962, just when folks were entertaining thoughts of spring, winter sent them staggering with the biggest snowfall of the season — 9.1 inches. It was the fifth-greatest 24-hour snowfall since 1900. So far this winter, Champaign-Urbana has received 37.3 inches of snow, only 4.3 inches below the record set in 1959-60.

This winter -- of 2011-2012 - has been fairly tame with just 10.9 inches of snow so far. The biggest hit came on Jan. 13 when Champaign-Urbana got 4 inches of snow. But it vanished within three days. The temperature on Jan. 16 hit a high of 56 degrees. C-U has had 3 inches of snow this month.

The Chicago area has been hit with anywhere from 1 to 8 inches of snow so far today. But all we're getting this morning is snow pellets.


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