All eyes were on the 'big melt' after Oak Park blizzard asked readers to predict when snow would melt following Feb. 1 snow storm

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By Evan O'Brien

Content Manager

On Feb. 1, Oak Park and River Forest witnessed a snow storm of epic proportions, depositing more than 20 inches of snow in the Chicagoland area. Oak Park Public Works crews quickly turned the vacant lot at the corner of Lake and Forest into a dumping ground for the excess snow, forming a virtual mountain range named the "Oak Park Alps."

At the suggestion of a devoted reader, challenged readers to predict when the snow mound would completely melt away.

Wednesday Journal's online content manager, Evan O'Brien, was tasked with a daily report on the condition of the snow mound and provided photos taken from the summit.

The fateful day — when the last patch of debris-encrusted ice evaporated — came on April 6, setting the Oak Park Alp's existence at just over two months.

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