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35th Anniversary: Blizzard of ’78

blizzard2.0SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB)- Today marks the 35th Anniversary of the Blizzard of ’78, the benchmark by which all storms have since been compared to.

Snow across Southern New England was measured by feet. Many roads became impassible as highways and streets turned into parking lots with over 7-thousand cars stranded.

Mass Governor at the time, Michael Dukakis, was forced to call the National Guard to declare a State of Emergency.

Our own Ray Hershal was working during the blizzard here at ABC40 and he remembers it all too well. “It was almost as if the city was paralyzed. There were very few people on the road- those we did come across were stuck in their vehicles.  It was nothing like I’ve ever seen before,” says Hershel.

The storm lasted 36 hours and paralyzed the entire region for a week. Springfield, Mass recieved 19 inches and Eastern Mass got even more snow… 27 inches of snow is on record for Boston.

2,000 homes were destroyed through coastal flooding and there was millions of dollars worth of damage.Worst of all the Blizzard was responsible for 99 deaths.


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