In 1978, Massachusetts Plunged Into An Arctic Freeze That Makes This Year’s Winter Look Downright Mild

Massachusetts has been experiencing one of its most brutal winters in recent memory. With intense blizzards, biting winds and temperatures that feel positively arctic, has it ever been worse than this?

In fact, the Bay State is no stranger to horrific winter conditions. Just about 40 years ago, one of the strongest blizzards Massachusetts has faced this century struck the state with almost no warning. It struck on February 5, 1978 and broke up on February 7, plunging towns and cities into a deep freeze that lasted days.

The storm killed at least 100 people and injured 4,500. Boston received a record-breaking 27.1 inches of snow, and the damaged caused by the storm would equal about $1.95 billion today.

The Blizzard of 1978 was deemed a Category 5 storm of “extreme” intensity. It would be the most powerful storm to hit the northeast until 2016.

Take a look at the news clip below for a taste of what it was like to experience the winter of 1978. Do you remember this historic season? Please share your memories with us below!