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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Sharon Cook

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#41 Jan 25, 2008
I remember the blizzard very well as I was 6 months pregnant with my oldest daughter. The drifts were so high outside of our house, we could barely get to the road. We spent a couple of days with my husband's parents who lived just down the street. It was definitely a very memorable experience.
Sharon Cook
Newaygo
Sharon Cook

AOL

#42 Jan 25, 2008
I remember the blizzard very well as I was 6 months pregnant with my oldest daughter. The drifts were so high outside of our house, we could barely get to the road. We spent a couple of days with my husband's parents who lived just down the street. It was definitely a very memorable experience.

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Since: Nov 07

Rockford, MI

#43 Jan 25, 2008
i was about 4 or so but i remember my older brothers digging tunnels up to the sliding doors and knocking on them. my parents freaked out and started yelling at them. I also lost a boot in the snow...i don't think we found it until spring!! i have seen pictures of us kids sitting on the hood of my dads car, with tons of snow all around us.
Pete

Vernon Hills, IL

#44 Feb 10, 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 lived in Berrien County in SW Michigan during that time, was raised there actually, and remember that storm well. I think you are correct in your memory of much deeper snow. In addition to the snowfall totals from the blizzard itself we got alot of Lake Effect snow also. Any of you who are familiar with lake effect snow can relate to this. I remember the old timers saying that we received about 30 inches of snow and then two days later about 36 more. Coupled with the strong winds there were drifts of 15 feet or more. The road out of town was a north south road flanked on both sides by open fields and the snow coupled with the drifts go tso deep that the trucks could no longer plow, they just could not throw the snow high enough. The Army Corps of Engineers were brought in to help keep the road open as it was the only north south road in and out of town. Lake effect snow is very isolated and can be very heavy. I can remember numerous times where it would snow three feet in a night but five to ten miles away they might get only four inches or so. They used to say we lived in the snow belt. Would love to share more snow stories from the 'good old days when winters were winters'.
James Hirsch

United States

#45 Jan 29, 2014
I remember that storm so well!! I was 5 at that time and we couldn't even get out the front door. we lived in Fremont aat the time and I remember the snow drifts being 12 feet high! My brother was only a month old and the only way to town was by snowmobile so my father, James L. Hirsch, had to takke the 5 mile drive for supplies! Me and my sister had a great time building forts and just trying to stay warm!
ericforman

Allendale, MI

#46 Jan 30, 2014
I lived in the sticks and was 17 yrs. old at the time. Myself and 11 other teens were snowed in at a friend's house and his parents were snowed in miles away. The drift on the road was so high, power lines were just a couple feet overhead. The drift in front of the door was just a wall of snow, maybe ten feet high... and inside, there were 12 teenagers... higher than any of the drifts and emptying a fully stocked bar. Today, I would not want my teen children doing what I did, but I gotta say... it was a hell of a party.

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