Blizzard of ’78 – 35 Years Ago Today
Springfield, Mass (WGGB)- It’s the bench mark by which all other storms are now measured and it happened 35 years ago today. Of course we know it as, “The Blizzard of 78.”
It started snowing early Monday morning, February 6th. It came down light at first, but by that afternoon snow was falling up to 2-3″ per hour as winds increased out of the northeast. By that evening winds blew over hurricane force, across eastern parts of the state while the snow continued to fall.
There was massive coastal flooding as the combination of wind and an already, astronomical high tide combined to cause thousand of coastal home to get washed away.
An accident on route 128 combined with heavy snowfall rates, during the evening commute, left motorists stranded on highways. Many people abandoned their cars in order to seek shelter. A state of emergency was declared and the National Guard was called in for help.
By the time it stopped snowing, on the morning of February 7th, the entire state was buried! Boston received over 27″ of snow. Springfield picked up 19″ and many spots across eastern Mass saw over three feet of accumulation. School was canceled for the rest of the week and a cerfew remaind in effect for days.