I remember having to leave our home in the country to get into town. We left on snowmobiles. It rained the night before and we woke up to 50-60 mph winds and single digit temperatures. I knew school was cancelled!
Here is a 48 minute recording I captured later in 78 on the tape player and radio I got for Christmas just a month earlier. The radio station WSPD did a rebroadcast of the highlights of those days.
Here is more info that a Facebook friend posted the other day.
- Even though it’s been 41 years, the monster Blizzard of 1978 is still a vivid winter memory for many Michiganders.
- “The most extensive and very nearly the most severe blizzard in Michigan history raged throughout Thursday January 26, 1978 and into part of Friday January 27. About 20 people died as a direct or indirect result of the storm, most due to heart attacks or traffic accidents. At least one person died of exposure in a stranded automobile. Many were hospitalized for exposure, mostly from homes that lost power and heat. About 100,000 cars were abandoned on Michigan highways, most of them in the southeast part of the state.”To mark this anniversary, we pulled together photos from across the state and both peninsulas to show how Michiganders weathered the storm.