Remembering the Blizzard of 1978

It was 35 years ago this weekend that Michiana was hit with over three feet of snow. According to the National Weather Service, the blizzard of 1978 registered as one of the most powerful storms on record, paralyzing not only the Midwest but much of the East Coast as well.

The blizzard has also become a part of local history, one that many people who lived through it will never forget.

The storm began on Wednesday, Jan. 25 and ended two days later on Jan. 27 with an average of three feet of snow throughout the region.

Many people lost power as the snow piled up outside their homes. When the snow finally stopped, there were reports of snow drifts upwards of 8 feet tall in people’s backyards while patches of grass remained exposed in their front yards due to the gusty winds sweeping the area.

Much of Michiana was stuck digging out of their homes and neighborhoods for several days. South Bend police and firefighters at the time had a difficult time responding to emergency calls because of the significant accumulation.


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