Do You Remember the Blizzard of '78?

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It’s hard to believe it’s been 35 years since Wellesley was hit with the Blizzard of '78, but the stories will withstand the test of time.

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

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.

Thirty-five years ago we had 27 inches of snow. Today, the forecast is saying temps will be in the 30s. I’ll take the 30-degree temps over what happened here a little more than three decades ago.

Dennis Noonan February 05, 2013 at 05:31 PM
I remember driving home in heavy snow from work (Wang Labs in Tewksbury). At the route 30 exit off 128, I could see that traffic ahead was not moving. I still can see the line of red brake lights in the distance; luckily I made the decision to get off the road and go up the route 30 exit and home via back roads. When I got home the TV was already reporting that 128 South was blocked and drivers were abandoning their vehicles. They didn't get the highways fully open for a week. We all stayed home from work by order of Gov Dukakis. We met many of our neighbors for the first time during that week.
Susan Cameron Bastien February 06, 2013 at 02:18 AM
Haha, I remember Gov Dukakis on TV, wearing a sweater! I was working at St. Moritz in Wellesley when the storm started and my manager drove me home because I had a fever of 102. I spent the next week in bed with the flu. I remember my mom cross country skiing to town, hoping to find a store open to get some food.


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