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Chicago Ranked Second Mostly Likely To Be Shut Down By Weather

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Cars are buried in snow on Lake Shore Drive after the Blizzard of 2011. (Credit: "Rock"/User Photo)

Cars are buried in snow on Lake Shore Drive after the Blizzard of 2011. (Credit: “Rock”/User Photo)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicagoans pride themselves on being able to get places in any kind of weather.

But as WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts reports, believe it or not, You’re probably still thinking “summer,” but the Farmer’s Almanac is out with a list of the 10 cities most likely to shut down because of bad weather — in most cases, wintry weather.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts reports

The Almanac’s listing places the Second City behind only Washington, D.C., a city that Almanac editor Peter Geiger calls “a bit wimpy.”

It’s nothing personal, it’s just that you get such horrible weather,” Geiger said. “You guys are tough. You just get some of the worst weather thrown at you.”

Managing editor Sandi Duncan also acknowledges that Chicagoans are not wimps, and rightly believe that they can keep moving through virtually any storm. But she cites three that did stop the city, at least for a while: January 1967, January 1979 and this past Feb. 1-2.

Duncan said she is not criticizing Chicago’s preparations or snow removal efforts.

“That’s kind of our point that in this day and age, where everybody can be so prepared or we talk about these storms coming in, they still have a way of nipping (those preparations) in the bud, and shutting down the city and making everyday life come to a halt,” she said.

Perhaps that is fair warning. Asked what is in store for the winter ahead, she said this winter’s temperatures should be mild, but the storms “hairy.”

She said the Almanac is calling it a winter of “punishment.”

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