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Chicagoans react to today’s big snow storm

Snow continues to fall, the snowplows are moving slowly, the morning commute is a mess and locals are complaining on Twitter.

Zach Long
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Zach Long

If you've looked out your window this morning, it's pretty clear that Chicago didn't end up with 20 inches of snow, but parts of the city have been covered in up to 8 inches of the white stuff since it began falling last night. Your neighbor has fired up their snow blower, Chicago's plows are (slowly) making their way through the city's main streets and there's another storm on the way this evening. It's just another snowy winter day in Chicago, where people are currently cruising the streets on snowmobiles (seriously).

Of course, Chicagoans have found some reasons to complain, especially those who aren't able to spend the day working from home and avoiding the messy streets. Chicago's snowplow fleet is trying to clear the city's major roads (we can see them on the tracker), but with snow still coming down, driving conditions are rough right now—and some Chicago drivers are making it more dangerous. Snow blowers are covering up Divvy docks, which is a problem because there are reportedly some commuters who are still deciding to travel by bike. And now that parking spots have been shoveled out, residents are find all kinds of interesting junk to call "dibs" with.

There's also some beauty to be found amid the chilly mess that Mother Nature has brought to the city. The view from Montrose Beach looks otherworldly right now. Some dogs are loving the opportunity to play in fresh snow. And there's a guy with a winch who thinks it's fun to pull his friends' cars out of the snow.

Check out these reactions to Chicago's latest winter storm that we found on Twitter. And try to find a moment to enjoy the snowy day, even if you're stuck at work.

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