We're coming up on 40 years since Blizzard of '78


Yeah, it's about that time to dig through the archives, for the recounting of the tale of the Blizzard of 1978, the Daddy of all snowstorms in modern history to hit Southern New England, February 6th that year.

The snow began that Monday, later than forecast, so many people went to work or to school. Then the snow started around 10:30 a.m., became heavy, and only increased in intensity throughout the afternoon, as everyone then tried to get home. The plows couldn't keep up. The snow piled up. "The Plug" ensued. Gridlock, then buried in snow, no vehicle able to move.

By the time the sun came out again on Wednesday, February 8th, 30" of snow had fallen at T.F. Green Airport. 40" of snow was recorded in Lincoln, Smithfield, and Woonsocket. Drifts created by hurricane force winds were 15 feet deep in places. Power was knocked out. Thousands of people were stranded in their cars on the Interstates. Many people didn't make it home for days, abandoning their cars. 10,000 sought emergency shelter. 2500 houses were deemed uninhabitable, damaged by the storm. There was coastal flooding too. 54 people died.

We all make fun of the 'bread and milk' run to the stores anytime the forecast of heavy snow or a blizzard are on the horizon. Now you know why.

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