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Do You Remember the Blizzard of '78?

Share your story from 1978, and upload your blizzard photos here.

 

It’s hard to believe it’s been 35 years since Woburn was hit with the Blizzard of '78, but the stories will withstand the test of time.

On Feb. 6, 1978, the area was blanketed with a record 27 inches of snow with the added bonus of hurricane force winds. The storm began the morning of Feb. 6 and lasted through the following evening. It was a storm that was never really predicted to be this large, and yet from it one good thing came — we learned about emergency preparedness.

For those of us who were old enough to remember, the memories differ. The motorist stuck in his car for hours on the highway, the family wondering where that person was, to a community paralyzed by Mother Nature in a storm no one ever expected.

Thirty-five years ago we had 27 inches of snow. Today, the forecast is saying temps will be in the 30s. I’ll take the 30-degree temps over what happened here a little more than three decades ago.

Earnhardt February 05, 2013 at 05:16 PM
I had a 1976 Triumph Spitfire at the time. A front end loader clearing the street picked it up out of a snowdrift, and placed it up on a snowbank! It took 3 days after the street was clear to get it down, Digging a little in front, then the middle, then the back, Eventually we got it down. And the National Guard stationed at the rotary allowing only emergency vehicles through
Aron Levy February 05, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Nope. My parents didn't start dating for another three years or so. But I do have photos. Hoo boy!
Earnhardt February 06, 2013 at 02:21 AM
Aron. it was quite a sight to see, the state was paralyzed. quite a few people that were stranded on 128 (now 95) ended up watching movies at the Showcase Cinemas for days. Only when those stranded started running out of smokes did they start getting aggravated! :)
Aron Levy February 06, 2013 at 05:05 AM
Hahah! That's hilarious :) I definitely recommend checking out Dirty Old Boston (I think it's called), as they're chock-full of incredible old photos from Boston. You'll love it!
Danielle Masterson (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Yes! Dirty Old Boston has a Facebook page with thousands of followers - including me. It's a great site! Some really terrific photos!!

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