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The Chicago Blizzard of 1979 was exceptionally severe and took place on January 13 and 14, 1979. By its end, 18.8 inches (47.8 cm) of snow had fallen on the metro Chicago area. The snowfall on January 13 alone set a new record for amount of snow in one day in Chicago - 16.5 inches (41.9 cm). The mayor at that time, Michael Bilandic, was blamed for the city's inadequate response to the storm and was soon later ousted at the polls by Jane Byrne, Chicago's first and only female mayor.