Today MassMoments reminds us that on February 7, 1978 snow was falling in Massachusetts at an inch a minute. This three day record-breaking Nor’easter – known as the Blizzard of ’78 paralyzed the Commonweath and the region. The recent snows and storms might have reminded us – as well – of our Blizzard of ’78 experiences and the fall-out.
…in 1978, the storm of the century paralyzed the entire state of Massachusetts. The Blizzard of ’78 dropped between two and four feet of snow on the Bay State in the space of 32 hours. Ferocious winds created drifts as high as 15 feet. Along the coast, flood tides forced 10,000 people into emergency shelters. Inland, over 3,000 cars and 500 trucks were immobilized along an eight-mile stretch of Route 128. By the time it subsided, the storm had taken 29 Massachusetts lives, destroyed 11,000 homes, and caused more than one billion dollars in damage. The Blizzard of ’78 is also remembered for many acts of kindness, cooperation, and courage.