Satellite image of the storm on the evening of February 1 over the American Midwest.
The January 31–February 2, 2011 North American winter storm, also called the 2011 Groundhog Day Blizzard, is an ongoing major winter storm, situated around the US and Canadian holiday Groundhog Day. In the initial stages of the storm, some meteorologists predicted that the system would affect over 100 million people in the United States. The storm brought cold air, blowing snow and mixed precipitation on a path from New Mexico and norhttp://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=5684475860536331428&pli=1thern Texas to New England and Eastern Canada. In Chicago, winds ahead of the storm exceeded 30 mph (48 km/h) and snowfall forecasts were in excess of 24 in (61 cm) for much of Illinois. Blizzard conditions affected many large cities along the storm's path, including Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Chicago, Des Moines, Milwaukee, Detroit, New York City, and Boston.
January 29, 2011 was/is the 323rd anniversary of the birth of Emanuel Swedenborg in 1688.