Michigan residents remember blizzard of '78

Michigan residents are remembering the 30th anniversary of 1 of the state's worst snowstorms this week. Full Story
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John W

Grand Rapids, MI

#1 Jan 22, 2008
I remember clearly. I was a student at MSU and they closed school for two days, which was unheard of. If I remember correctly, the wind chill was about a minus 56. No kidding. I nearly froze to death returning from my night job at Wells Hall at 2:30 in the morning. It gave new meaning to the term tundra. Fellow spartans know what I am talking about. What a storm.
Susan

Schaumburg, IL

#2 Jan 22, 2008
I not only remember it but I still have pictures of my dad's car completely buried under all the snow. I was a bit younger than John W, but I remember having an entire week off of school (jr. high) because our school district was predominantly rural (Berrien County) and they couldn't get all of the roads plowed for the buses. On the up side - the sledding was AWESOME!

“Taz say Hi”

Since: Jan 08

Holland,MI

#3 Jan 22, 2008
Took me an hour to drive home through Holland (which normally took 20 mins.). Then I had to dig my way into my driveway. Not fun at all.

“Keeping my fingers crossed ...”

Since: Aug 07

Life's enduring gifts

#4 Jan 22, 2008
I remember driving snowmobiles with my father all over the city running errands for neighbors who couldn't get out.
Lisa in Walker

Amelia Court House, VA

#5 Jan 22, 2008
I was 9 years old. We couldn't get out of our driveway until our neighbor, who owned a farm, came down to plow us out. The snow banks that he made were at least 15 feet high. I remember riding in the car and the snow banks on the sides of the highway looked like walls of snow.
Jamie

Lafayette, IN

#6 Jan 22, 2008
thats one of the up sides to getting snow like this, so our kids can at least get to enjoy winter activities like we used to! sledding, snowmobiles, skiing!!!
Dan

Olive Branch, MS

#7 Jan 22, 2008
I remember it very well. The previous fall, I just bought a brand new Ford Bronco. For two days while everything was shut down, I spent my time picking up nurses and doctors and bringing them to the area hospitals, and bringing home the ones who did not have the proper vehicle. Lots of fun.
Theresa

Jenison, MI

#8 Jan 22, 2008
I certainly remember this storm. I was 13 years old and my mother, who was a single mother, was stuck at work in Kalamazoo for 4 days while my 16 year old brother and I were home to fight over who was cheating at Monopoly! My mother pulled double shifts as a nurse and supervisor at the old Kalamazoo Psych Hospital because a full staff was unable to get to work. She was brought home on a snowmobile! Ah, what fun for those of us "Home Alone!"
Chris-Grandville

Grand Rapids, MI

#9 Jan 22, 2008
Our second son was only 2 1/2 months old when that storm hit. Just our luck he got very sick. I called the DR who called Kay Pharmacy on Plainfield (which was about 2 miles away) with a prescription for him. My husband borrowed a neighbor's snowmobile and "drove" to Kay's for the medicine. It took him at least 2 hours to get there and back! Other than trying to shovel out the driveway-that was the most that we did. After a couple of days, the snow stopped, our son felt better and we all finally had some sleep!
Batch 37 Pain Is Good

Riverdale, MI

#10 Jan 22, 2008
Today was nothing but flurries compared to back in the day.
Thomas

Ionia, MI

#11 Jan 22, 2008
I was living in London England during the blizzard, but remember turning on the tele (television) and on the BBC News the Michigan blizzard was their lead story for two nights. We were stunned. I learned later that my friends back in Michigan raided what was left of their parents cupboards and refrigerators and all went to my parents house each night for nearly a week for a party. I missed the fun and the memories, but also all of the shoveling.

“MI needs the death penalty! ”

Since: Jun 07

Kalkaska

#12 Jan 22, 2008
I was trying to drive home from Ft Know during that storm. Took two days. The recent weather was a walk in the park compared to it..
Vicki

Caledonia, MI

#13 Jan 22, 2008
Our elderly neighbor had passed away in Florida prior to the storm and I believe the night of the 25th there was a visitation at a funeral home on Leonard NW. The funeral was scheduled for the next day, but was postponed due to weather conditions. When the funeral was re-scheduled, the short one block street the my mother and this neighbor lived on still wasn't plowed, even though a special request was asked of the GR city snowplows. So the neighbors on one side of the street shoveled their sidewalks down to the main road and the funeral home sent many cars to pick up his widow and any neighbors who wanted to attend the funeral. What a great neighborhood I grew up in!
Dave

Deckerville, MI

#14 Jan 22, 2008
I remember it well. I delivered the G.R. Press door to door and needed to body hurdle drifts as high as garage doors just to get the paper inside. Received a lot of great tips that year:)
Beth

Holland, MI

#15 Jan 22, 2008
I remember hearing about this, but I was always under the impression that the snow was REALLY deep (like to-the-eaves deep). But the article says 18 inches. Heck, we woke up to 12+ inches this morning. I am guessing that it seemed worse back then because either the wind kicked up or maybe it was because the plows and such weren't as efficient? Or is the depth of snow wrong in the article?
Marcia

AOL

#16 Jan 22, 2008
I will never forget the 1978 snowstorm. I was a student at Hope College and worked as a police dispatcher and telephone operator at the school after hours. The "regular" staff was not able to get in from the community so I ended up working for 3 days and nights, and slept on the floor of the dispatch office. It took me over 1/2 hour to walk/crawl over snow banks that would normally only take less than 5 minutes. My friends made daily pilgrimages from the dinning hall to the office to keep me feed. NO ONE was outside unless they had to be. It was scary, fun and very memorable all at the same time. I believe it is also one of the only times that Hope college was ever closed.
Marcia

AOL

#17 Jan 22, 2008
Marcia: Muskegon MI
Marcia wrote:
I will never forget the 1978 snowstorm. I was a student at Hope College and worked as a police dispatcher and telephone operator at the school after hours. The "regular" staff was not able to get in from the community so I ended up working for 3 days and nights, and slept on the floor of the dispatch office. It took me over 1/2 hour to walk/crawl over snow banks that would normally only take less than 5 minutes. My friends made daily pilgrimages from the dinning hall to the office to keep me feed. NO ONE was outside unless they had to be. It was scary, fun and very memorable all at the same time. I believe it is also one of the only times that Hope college was ever closed.

“Taz say Hi”

Since: Jan 08

Holland,MI

#18 Jan 22, 2008
Beth wrote:
I remember hearing about this, but I was always under the impression that the snow was REALLY deep (like to-the-eaves deep). But the article says 18 inches. Heck, we woke up to 12+ inches this morning. I am guessing that it seemed worse back then because either the wind kicked up or maybe it was because the plows and such weren't as efficient? Or is the depth of snow wrong in the article?
If you take a look back at the article, it says winds up to 60 mph. Yes, it was drifting bad. And the whiteouts were even worse.
Lisa in Walker

Amelia Court House, VA

#19 Jan 22, 2008
Beth wrote:
I remember hearing about this, but I was always under the impression that the snow was REALLY deep (like to-the-eaves deep). But the article says 18 inches. Heck, we woke up to 12+ inches this morning. I am guessing that it seemed worse back then because either the wind kicked up or maybe it was because the plows and such weren't as efficient? Or is the depth of snow wrong in the article?
I am betting that it was the hurricane force winds that kicked up the snow into 10+ foot high drifts and closed off roads and buried cars. I was just a kid, and it was a surprise to just get a week off from school.
money

Rockford, MI

#20 Jan 22, 2008
I remember it well My son was born at butterworth on 1-23-1978 and Im glad I got there as storm hit,he was my forth baby and I knew I would be out in 3 days,nope 5 days to get us on buried out, I remember my husband at home tyring to get the street cleared so I could get into the house with new baby, I think anybody that had a baby that week will remember that week,Now hes a daddy. And in 1976 of feb, there was a ice storm when I had his brother,glad the other two was june and may babys haha

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