A Massive Blizzard Blanketed Indianapolis In Snow In 1978 And It Will Never Be Forgotten
These days, winters in Indianapolis are completely unpredictable. One year, we’ll get a harsh, freezing cold winter with multiple snow storms. The next year, it’ll barely drop below 30 degrees and snowfall will be scarce. It’s never a sure thing, but most of us wish for at least a little bit of snow around the holidays.
Well, in 1978, Indianapolis residents received much more than a little bit of snow…
One of the biggest blizzards in Indianapolis history started on January 25, 1978.
Snow fell for three days, blanketing the city — and entire state — in a massive amount of snow.
The blizzard added over 15 inches of snow to the city, on top of five inches that hit the city during the weekend prior.
Temperatures hovered around zero degrees, while the wind chill plummeted to an intolerable negative-51 degrees.
National Guardsmen were called to rescue stranded motorists throughout the blizzard.
Cars were left stranded all over I-465, resulting in the Guardsmen being called to the rescue and having to through multiple snowdrifts.
On Thursday, January 26, Mayor William Hudnut declared a snow emergency.
Finally, on Sunday, the main streets were clear enough to navigate, meaning that life in Indianapolis could start getting back to normal.
Between the Great Blizzard and multiple other snowfalls, January 1978 holds the record for most snow in a single month (30.6 inches).
While Indianapolis isn’t expected to get anywhere near that amount of snow this winter, you never know what will happen. Make sure you’re prepared for anything — including a massive blizzard.
Are you excited about the possibility of a lot of snow? Or are you someone who doesn’t want anything to do with cold temperatures and snow? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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