A Massive Blizzard Blanketed Boston In Snow In 1978 And It Will Never Be Forgotten

Winter storms are part of life in Boston, but the blizzard that struck New England in 1978 shattered records.

That winter had already been rough. On January 21, 1978, a snowstorm buried Massachusetts under 21 inches of snow. When another storm was predicted shortly thereafter, people weren’t too worried. Weather forecasters anticipated about 10-12 inches of snowfall – bad, but by no means catastrophic. On the morning of February 6, 2017, people went to work, unaware of what was coming.

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The 1978 blizzard caused $520 million dollars in damages. It was one of the worst storms that Boston ever faced.

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