History Lesson: Huge Blizzard Followed Balmy January Day In 1967

A police car is stalled at the Michigan Avenue entrance to Lake Shore Drive on Jan. 27, 1967. (Credit: Chicago Sun-Times)

A police car is stalled at the Michigan Avenue entrance to Lake Shore Drive on Jan. 27, 1967. (Credit: Chicago Sun-Times)

CHICAGO (CBS) – A word of caution about our warm temperatures.

Once upon a time, a record-breaking warm January day in Chicago was followed by a record-breaking blizzard.

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, 1967, Chicago experienced a high of 65 degrees.

Two days later, the worst blizzard in Chicago’s history hit.

A total of 23 inches of snow came down between 5 a.m. Jan. 26 until 10 a.m. on Jan 27.

About 800 CTA buses and 50,000 cars were abandoned on city streets and expressways.

A total of 26 Chicagoans lost their lives, including a man run over by a snowplow and a girl caught in crossfire between police and looters in the infamous blizzard of 1967.

After Tuesday, record-setting temperatures in the 60s, there is a bit of snow in the forecast for Wednesday–but just a small accumulation is possible.