Jul 29, 2014
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Blizzard of ’78: Where Were You 35 Years Ago Today?

Three and a half decades ago Watertown was blanketed with more than two feet of snow.

Blizzard of ’78: Where Were You 35 Years Ago Today?

On Feb. 6, 1978, the Boston 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 so large, and yet from it one good thing came – we learned about emergency preparedness.

The snow came down so quickly (at a rate of an inch an hour) thousands of motorists were stranded in snowdrifts as they drove down Rte. 128. Roads throughout the state were impassible and cars were abandoned at every turn.

The storm not only caused chaos, it also took more than a dozen lives, including Daniel Scadding, who died in his car in Watertown, according to blizzardof78.org.

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. 

We would love to hear your stories from the Blizzard of '78 and see your photos. You can upload your photos directly to our image gallery and share with us your memories and stories of the big storm.

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